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The Art of Attacking Chess According to the Modern Masters The modern style of attacking chess explained to amateur chess players by a world famous grandmaster. This book explains how to build up an advantage in the game and how to convert that advantage into an aggressive strategy and into great attacking moves. It teaches the best way to exploit weaknesses in the opponents position. Timman has selected the most instructive attacking games of great players like Kasparov, Topalov, Karpov, Shirov, and Judit Polgar in order to explain to amateur chess players the basic ideas of modern attacks and their successful execution. On the Attack will in crease your imagination and your confidence, and will lead to more wins be cause you know when, where and how to at tack in chess.
Jan Timman has for twenty years been one of the top players of the world. He contested many Candidates Matches for the world title. He wrote several highly acclaimed books, among which Chess the Adventurous Way, Power Play with Pieces, and Curaao 1962.
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2006
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056911872 ISBN13 9789056911874
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More About Jan Timman
Jan Timman is a former world championship candidate who rose to the number two spot of the FIDE world rankings. He is the author of several highly acclaimed bestsellers, such as Curacao 1962, On the Attack!, Power Chess with Pieces and The Art of the Endgame.
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Very instructive book Jan 21, 2008
Kaleidoscope of attacking chess revealing different styles of the current top chess players. It is very interesting book, more impressive than other similar good titles such as Improve Your Attacking Chess by Simon Williams and Secrets of Attacking Chess by Mihail Marin, yet Jan Timman's presentation is superior in terms of clear exposition of the game flow to the point when the attack is about to unfold. I think this book will be very helpful for those young chess players who want to develop an attacking chess style by analyzing the games of their favorite top players. The book is a sheer pleasure to read thanks to its very clear verbose style, and a large number of beautiful games displaying the highest level of chess mastery in action. Jan Timman's gift to explain complex things in an accessible manner makes the book suitable for intermediate chess players, who want to grasp that illusive image of chess style.
New, Interesting, Good Style Dec 29, 2006
Why I am qualified to review this book: I used to be ranked #25 on the top 100 list for my age. I won third in the N. CA jr. High champs, 3rd at a LA Masters. I have had the honor of working with FM Banawa, from the Philippines, who is now rated 2307 according to January FIDE rating supplement. I have also work with other strong players, with ratings over 2400 USCF. So, I am no stranger to books, especially attacking books, the other book that I thought was really really good was Attack with Tal.
Most Attacking books are showing examples of the position and what happens (in reference to Larry Christiansen's Rocking the Ramparts and Storming the Barricades). This book Rocks the Ramparts and Storms the Barricades even better then LarryC did (in reference to Larry Christiansen's 2 books, one for Gambit Publishers, the other for Batsford Publishers)! A very impressive book. Jan Timman starts annalyzing from move 1, and tells us up front what happens. He looks over the games of GMs Anatoly Karpov (Boa Constrictor), Jan Timman (Iniatiative), Garry Kasparov (Demolitions), Nigel Short (Elegance), Ivan Sokolov (Target Practice), Vasily Ivanchuk (Origional and Depth), Viswanathan Anand (Efficiency), Alexey Shirov (Creative) Vessilin Topalov (Wild Adventures), Judit Polgar (Agression), and Andrey Volokitin (dogged determination). He then goes over a brief summary of the players, then shows us some of their games, why he gave them their names.
Anatoly Karpov - because he sacrifices an exchange to keep the enemy king in the center, and then just attacks them, and transposes into a won endgame, which is a very efficient and effective style. Jan Timman - Because Jan Timman seems to grab the Initiative in the middle game, and then launch a interesting and also beautiful attack. Garry Kasparov - Well as we all know, GM Kasparov is brilliant. He just destroys everyone. He is very strong, and is by far the best player in the world. Kasparov just attacks! Nigel Short - Short is very strong at attacking chess. He has a nice elegant flow to his chess, and that is why Timman labeled him "Attractive Ellegance". All of the games that he played here are very nice, and extremely good quality. Ivan Sokolov - Sokolov is a strong GM, who is well known for his positional understanding. Sometimes, he wakes up and decides that it is a day where he will go after his opponent's king. When that happens, he almost never misses his target, and Timman proves it through examples. Vasily Ivanchuk - Vasily "chuky" Ivanchuk has been a top GM for years, and was thought to be the next work champion in the early 1990s. He is very strong positional player, yet he is also vrey strong in attacking chess. He is just plain 100% Original in his ideas. Vishy Anand - We all know Anand is one of the best players in the world, if not the best. He is always very efficient, with a deep positional understanding, yet he also knows how to attack, and is very good at attacking chess. Alexey Shirov - The 2006 Tal, Alexey Shirov is a brilliant GM, and has been a member of the world elite for years. His creativity propelled him there. He has had some nice wins over all of the top GMs in the world, and is known for his razor sharpk, creative style. Vesselin Topalov - He is always well prepared, and his opening preparation is based on that he can get a good position where he has a chance to launch an attack on the enemy king. He takes lots of risks, and is also ex-world champion because he lost 5-6 in classical and 2.5 - 1.5 in rapid chess to Vladimir Kramnik. Judit Polgar - She has been known for years to be a very strong attacking player. Timman shows us this through examples again. Andrey Volokitin - Volokitin is a very strong players, who was once ranked #25 in the world. In GM Timman's opinion, his play and style reminds him of Vlemovich when he was younger (Vlemovich is the guy who invented the Bc4 Qe2 0-0-0 system against the classical Sicilian) a player with a head of crazy ideas.
Next, he showed through 33 more examples common tactical themes in chess, a "quiet move", which is really just a knock out move, that limits the enemy king's mobility, and its just game over. He gives numerous other examples of other common themes. It was very interesting.
Timman proved to me that this is a good book, and I will be buying another Jan Timman book. He is very good writer, and player. He shows us how to build an attack step by step. I recommend this book to all, strong attackers and not so strong attackers, Patzers (club players) to GMs, this book can improve your chess a tremendous amount! I, as a very strong attacker, really enjoyed the book, and learned a lot. It is to mention that I didn't even need a board to go over the games, there were enough diagrams, for me, so that I could take a little checkpoint every now and then, and know exactly what was going on. Jan Timman, an ex-member of the world elite, and still a very strong player, he is the man! He is one of the most qualified people in this world to be writing a book about attacking chess. He is very good with the Initiative, and very good when needed to attack.
Great for amateur players Dec 20, 2006
A very instructive book because it makes clear there are different ways of obtaining the initiative in a game, by pointing at the differences in style of various top players. Timman almost always concentrates at the essence of a position, without bothering you with pages of variations and subvariations. Maybe it takes the confidence of a top player like Timman to leave out most of the stuff computers come up with.
Superficial Analysis Dec 9, 2006
The book is comprised of 33 games: three games from each of eleven masters (Karpov, Short, Kasparov, Topalov, Polgar, Sokolov, Anand, Timman, and I forget the others). Serious players will have seen the games before in publications such as NIC Magazine and Chess Informant. In some cases, they're so well known they've already appeared in several books. Timman's light analysis and comments don't shed any new light on the games. This book is closer in style to his earlier book, "Curacao 1962," rather than his more serious "The Art of Chess Analysis" or "Power Chess with Pieces."