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Essential Chess Sacrifices [Paperback]

By David Lemoir, John Sugden (Translator), Robert M. Koerner, Q. David Bowers (Foreward By), Lorraine Turner (Editor), Gregory Volk, Open University (Corporate Author) & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Essential Chess Sacrifices by David Lemoir

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600034  
ISBN13  9781904600039  


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Okay, but one-sided  Dec 26, 2005

I've bought this book a while ago and only started going through it very recently. One thing I've noticed is that only White seems to have all the fun (all the sacrifices are performed by White). Am I missing something? Does one just have to kinda "reverse" the position, enabling Black to execute the same sacrifes? It's possible (I'm only rated around 1700 ELO), but if so, why doesn't the author mention this then?
 
The definitive guide to chess sacrifices  Oct 9, 2005
I have had a great deal of enjoyment playing through the sacrifices in this book. LeMoir writes in engaging style, there are loads of diagrams, and he proceeds much deeper than merely cataloguing the standard piece sacs. The setting where each sacrifice would be sound or unsound is identified, and he discussed at length possible defensive ideas, and attacking follow-ups.
Most of the games are complete (rather than starting from a diagram position). In this book that is a real bonus, as it allows the reader to put the sacrifice in the context of the opening. In their review of this book the chess specialist Chessco called this "the definitive and the BEST word on the subject" and it is hard to disagree. True, sacrifices are only part of the game of chess, but if you are looking to add axcitment to your games, then this is book to get.
 
Thematic sacrifices  May 7, 2005
This book picks up where Lemoirs earlier book left off. The author categorizes thematic sacrifices based on the squares they occur. He starts of on the left side of the board with Nxb5 and Bxb5 sacrifices which occur in the sicilian. Then he moves on to d5 and and f5 sacrifices of the knight in the sicilian, then to Bishop or Knight sacrifices on e6 in the sicilian. Then the author moves onto Nxf7 and Nxg7 sacrifices. The book ends with Ng5 and Bg5 silent sacrifices on g5 and the Greek gift sacrifice that we have all seen Bxh7 check and the double bishop sacrifice. This book sums up all the standard sacrifices and the setup positions leading up to them that produce the sacrifices. It is a good book to read, so that you dont get caught on the wrong end of one of these setup positions. However, even Grandmasters have fallen for these standard sacrifices so you might be able to try it on your next opponent. Since this is a tactics book, most of the positions are do or die for the sacrificer instead of the positional rxc3 sacrifices you see in the sicilian.
 
Sensationally good study of frequent sacrifices  Mar 12, 2005
Having enjoyed (and reviewed on this site) David LeMoir's second book - HOW TO BECOME A DEADLY CHESS TACTICIAN - I decided to invest in his third book. I have always considered myself a bit of a sacrifical hacker (at least that is what I tell my chess friends whenever I lose something for nothing).
In my view this is LeMoir's best book yet.
First it is again a Gambit book, meaning it is no frivolous tome. It covers the most common and fundamental piece sacrifices, deeply researched and properly catalogued. As an example, chapter one covers knight sacrifices with the move Nxb5 in the Sicilian. Example after example illustrates the pros and cons of each particular version of the sacrifice. An action packed 9 pages, 9 games and 1 exercise later we get to chapter two, the sac Bxb5 in the Sicilian. The quality of examples chosen is outstanding, and the comprehensive index (by player and opening) makes it clear just how much research has gone into the book.
 
Sensationally good study of frequent sacrifices  Feb 28, 2005
Having enjoyed (and reviewed on this site) David LeMoir's second book - HOW TO BECOME A DEADLY CHESS TACTICIAN - I decided to invest in his third book. I have always considered myself a bit of a sacrifical hacker (at least that is what I tell my chess friends whenever I lose something for nothing).
In my view this is LeMoir's best book yet.
First it is again a Gambit book, meaning it is no frivolous tome. It covers the most common and fundamental piece sacrifices, deeply researched and properly catalogued. As an example, chapter one covers knight sacrifices with the move Nxb5 in the Sicilian. Example after example illustrates the pros and cons of each particular version of the sacrifice. An action packed 9 pages, 9 games and 1 exercise later we get to chapter two, the sac Bxb5 in the Sicilian. The quality of examples chosen is outstanding, and the comprehensive index (by player and opening) makes it clear just how much research has gone into the book.
 

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