Art of Attack: Rev. Algebraic Ed.

Art of Attack: Rev. Algebraic Ed.

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Art of Attack: Rev. Algebraic Ed. by Ladimir Vukovic

One of the finest chess books ever written, now in the revised algebraic edition. The author expounds both the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the king.

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ISBN-13: 9781857444001
Publisher: Everyman Chess
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Cadogan Chess Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 234,784
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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Art of Attack: Rev. Algebraic Ed. 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book after reading some of these reviews saying it is for advanced players, and like the arrogant fool I am, thought I could use it as a beginner. The book has a great deal of games and partial games. I was hoping it did more explaining. I guess that is why it is for advanced players. I do plan to use it, but not until I do some easier reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely brilliant. I lost two games to a player rate 1750 (I am probably rated 1650 at present), but after working through a few chapters of this book, I beat the same player 2 games out of three the next week! In one of those two victories, I did not even have sufficient grounds for a sacrificial assault, but I made the most out of my opponents weak defense. In my other victory, I converted a nice attack into a definitive material advantage. In my lone loss, I never got any kind of attack going and my opponent crushed me positianlly, so I can not blame good ol' Vukovic for my misfortune. In this book, relatively complex variations are often not fully explained since the original author (Vukovic) seems to assume that the reader will find those obvious. Maybe so for readers above 1800 USCF/ELO rating, but I had difficulty in a few places. A beginner will waste money on this book, while anyone below 1500 will find it tough going. I haven't even read more than 20 percent of the book, but already learned a lot. Anand
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Different attacking themes are broken down and explored with examples taken from actual play. A nice feature in some of the analysis in this book is that pointers are given to show when (and why) the attacking theme doesn't work. This book is directed at players of average skill or slightly higher. There are a handful of mistakes in the analysis. I suggest when going over the book to use a strong computer chess program (like Fritz) and you will catch some of these boo boos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knowing how to build and execute an attack (and to defend) is a critical part of an intermediate or advanced players skills. Often the build up of the attack is shown and explained along with execution. The author covers important attacks involving 'Pawn Storms', 'Classic Bishop Sacrifices', 'taking advantage of white or black square weaknesses', 'attacking the castled King' and much more. This is not a book for a beginner (a beginner should get a good book on tactics and a good book on opening traps first, and know their openings). There are some mistakes in the analysis, which should be corrected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the classic textbooks on the art of attack. SPECIAL NOTE: Notice I said 'art of attack.' If you look at the book carefully you'll find this is mainly about how to attack the enemy king, usually found castled on the King's side. If you're a serious and/or aspiring player then this book is required reading. Read it several times and write your thoughts and ideas in your chess notebook. You'll be comeing back to this one many times. This book is for those from high class C to high class A. When you become an Expert (2000 to 2199) it's time to move on to Master and Grandmaster technique on attacking. And, yes those books do exist. Right here on Barnes and Noble.com. Back to the book I'm reviewing. While this one will give you a huge amount of material (and it's fundamental stuff that you should know like the alphabet and/or the muliplication tables), it doesn't cover all TACTICS! This is the catch with this book. Attacking is a specialized branch of Tactics. You still need a companion book on Tactics. Much of tactics doesn't deal with attacking. With that caveat in mind, I will say this is one of the few books that will teach you when and how to attack. There are, however, some books by former Soviet players and trainers that exceed this book. And that's why Vladimir Kramnik, Garry Kasparov, and Visny Anad along with a few dozen other world class players regularly beat Americans. They learned how to attack from a better book and a better teaching method. But rest assured they studied Vokovic's book until they knew it by heart. It's sort of like an introduction to the art of attacking. I highly recommend this book but advise all players to study it side by side with a fairly advanced book on Tactics. And let them both be your indroduction to more difficult books on both attacking and Tactics. Hint. Use what you learn even if you lose and lose and lose for awhile. If you don't practice what's in the book you'll be wasting your time. And, yes, those advanced books are available. Do a book search on Barnes and Noble.com using The Game Of Chess. Happy (King) Hunting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This exceptional book is actually the book form of Vukovitch's notebook on tactics while he was a candidate master! Taught in the old Soviet School of chess, Vukovitch brings to light many of the essential concepts of chess tactics. This is a must for any serious player but the casual player will benefit, too. Beginner's may have a bit of difficulty with this one but, with patience, can navigate it. Intermediate players will gain the most. Advanced players will find this a good refresher. Professionals (IGMs and IMs)will, of course, be familiar with this one but could still gain from it. This one really deserves a sixth or seventh star. Extremely exceptional!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a christmas present and this book is already helped my games. It present many ways to attack the emeny king in almost every situation. A wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider myself to be highly informed of all available chess literature. If you really want to become a strong player, this is the most important book for your chess library. If you do not understand the essential principals of attacking, your progress as a player will be limited. Not only does this book clearly explain the 'rules' of attacking, but examples are presented to demonstrate the concept. This is an outstanding book. All those seemingly crazy sacrificing moves you've been beaten with will become clear to you. You will understand how to take advantage of your opponent's position as well as how and when to sac a piece and create a mating net.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This now updated classic will stay in your chess library forever. Quite possibly the greatest chess book ever created, the latest revision now includes algebraic notation. If you are serious about increasing your understanding of chess knowledge and theory, this book is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Art of Attack' is a well-known classic widely regarded by most strong players (Grandmasters) as virtually the definitive tutorial work on attacking the king. Updated and computer-checked (for those bothersome tactical details) by GM John Nunn, this algebraic version covers the attack on the uncastled king, the king that has lost the right to castle, the classic bishop sacrifice, pieces and pawns in the attack on the castled king, and so on. Don't be put off by the 'classic' label: this is a good study for the intermediate player who has a decent grasp of tactics and elementary strategy. It's fun to read and I think will ultimately stay with you (improve your chess) more than any opening book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for intermediate chess players. Beginners may find this one a bit intimadating while masters will find it somewhat mundane. I do, however, recommend it to all players.