Reviews - What do customers think about Storming the Barricades?
A fun collection of attacking games and some nice autobiographical content about an interesting chess player Feb 2, 2007
I would characterize this as a "fun" chess book. It is easy to read, well-written, and presents a series of exciting, tactical chess games, culminating with the author's 10 favorite recent games. Though you may have seen all of these 10 before (for example Kasparov-Topalov, Wijk aan Zee 1999), it is still nice to have them between the covers of a small paperback. Rather than a working chess book, this is a chess book you take to the beach in the summer.
Great book about modern chess tactics Jul 6, 2005
I just like this book very much (and yes, I FINISHED it). Author presents a lot of nice tactical games, explaining them thoroughly and pointing out the important schemes, everything in easy to follow style. I found this book to be very instructive. And I had a lot of fun while reading.
The only minor obstacle: I do not see clear distinction between this book and the newer one (Rocking the Rampards), they seem to cover the same subject. But, after all, why not...
A Great Classic of Attack and Defense Oct 15, 2004
I am a USCF chess expert who loves good chess books. This is one of the great books on attack and defense. I purchased it after I discovered the more recent title by Christiansen, Rocking the Ramparts. My results have improved immensely from studying these two books.
Christiansen teaches both attack and defense in the greatest detail. He dishes up heaping portions of juicy, delightful, brilliantly-selected games. His commentary is the highest quality. It is rare to find such a book from one of the most active and strongest Grandmasters in the world, who won his third U. S. Championship in 2002. His great practical playing strength shines brightly through the pages of this book. As one plays through the games and commentary, one is treated to a steady stream of positions that define high-class, interesting, attacking chess.
Before long you start to understand how Christiansen keeps getting his pieces to super-active positions. Then you, too, begin to centralize your queen more often, lift your rooks habitually, marshal your forces in the face of the enemy king. This wins games delightfully.
One must agree with other reviewers who contend that nobody teaches chess attack and defense as well as Christiansen. For the love of the game. Christiansen manifestly loves chess, as Bach loved music, as Rembrandt loved painting, and his infectious love for the game taps into the deep wellsprings of beauty and pleasure that can be found at the chessboard.
If you check out this book and like what you see, then go get Christiansen's more recent work, Rocking the Ramparts: taken together, Storming the Barricades and Rocking the Ramparts comprise an outstanding two-volume manual of attack and defense. Study them well if you wish to enjoy the game more than ever.
Postscript: If you join the Internet Chess Club (ICC), then you can play chess against Christiansen twice a week. Every week he gives a simultaneous exhibition against 40 opponents with a 45-minute time control. Every week he also plays an exhibition where he gives the opponent odds, or, if you prefer, a normal game, 3-minute Blitz. If you log on reasonably early and put your name on the list, then you, too, can do battle with the distinguished author of this book.
Save your money--totally unnecessary Nov 14, 2002
I am not saying that this book does not have some strengths; I am saying there is nothing unique about it and that it is totally unnecssary for your collection. Stick to books like "The Art of Attack" or "Attacking Technique" by Crouch, and go through games by Kasparov (his books "New World Chess Champion," "London-Leningrad" and "The Test of Time" are ten times more valuable than this book). This book by Christiansen will not stand the test of time, as there is nothing unique or noteworthy about it.
Inspiration for your attacks Nov 4, 2002
This book will whet your appetite for king attacks. Basically it is two books in one: a games collection of Christiansen's and other GM's attacking efforts, and also a chess autobiography of the author.
The games are grouped into chapters with a theme and an introduction. The intros are not very deep, and the lessons are mostly to be found inside the game annotations. But the annotations contain hundreds of tidbits that are useful for general purposes.
Together with a book like "Art of Attack" this is all you need on the topic for starters (then get Tal's Life and Games). This book is pretty close to 5 stars, but the lack of Averbach/Vukovic type of methodologically organised theoretical content made me only give it 4 out of five.