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Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess presents nineteen different offensive strategies, progressing from the most elementary, including forks, pins, skewers, and double threats, to the more advanced and sophisticated moves used by the world's best players. Chapters such as Minor Traps, The Seventh Rank and the Pig, Mating Nets, and Quiet Moves in Attack show how anyone can develop a more aggressive and creative style of play. Each strategy is illustrated with examples taken from actual games Waitzkin has played, described with all the gusto and competitive intensity this young master brings to his craft. You can feel the heat of battle throughout this action-packed manual -- it's guaranteed to entertain and inspire all students of chess who want to learn how to emerge victorious from the black and white jungle.
Josh Waitzkin combines personal anecdotes with solid instruction in this unique introduction to the game of chess. Concentrating on teaching young or new players how to beef up their attacks, Waitzkin presents 40 different chess challenges. He introduces each problem with a brief description of the game from which it was drawn. 50 line drawings.
Posted September 22, 2008
Another fairly good book on chess tactics. It has a very easy to follow format. It may look like this book is written for the junior player, however, it is suitable for any age! A large variety of tactics and traps are covered. This book is written for the novice, not for advanced players.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2005
This is a wonderful book. The chapters I like particularly are the chapters on the bust, pawn storms, and the power of kamikazi. I used these aggressive strategies to win all 7 rounds at the supernationals. Now,near my door, I have a giant trophy, and I owe it to this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2002
This junior champion skips a lot that older writers cover, but provides plenty of good tactics and puzzles (How can White checkmate in two moves?, etc.). My 6th grade daughter (who plays well in chess club tourneys but doesn't want to "study" strategy and tactics) likes solving the puzzles. Middle and high schoolers should enjoy this book if they are advanced beginners needing some challenges. A good skill-builder.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.