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A good example of how chess literature has progressed can be seen in noted correspondence player Jon Edward's new book SACKING the CITADEL. This work is light years more comprehensive and focused than earlier treatments of the theme.

About the Author

Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999. He became a Senior International Master (SIM) in 1999. His ICCF rating of 2580 placed him in the top 200 correspondence chess players worldwide. Jon is an accomplished chess teacher and author. His book, The Chess Analyst (1999) chronicled his success in the US championship. His photographically based chess primer, Teach Yourself Visually: Chess (2006), is helping many thousands of young learners.
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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Inc. (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888690747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888690743
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999. He is a four time winner of the APCT (American Postal Chess Tournaments) Championship and a two time winner of the APCT Game of the Year Award. He received his correspondence International Master (IM) in 1997, his Senior International Master (SIM) in 1999. He has competed on the United States Correspondence Chess Olympiad team, reaching the final round. His correspondence ICCF rating of 2580 places him in the top 200 correspondence chess players worldwide.

He has written more than 20 chess books, notably including The Chess Analyst (Thinkers Press, 1999) which chronicles the success in the US championship, Teach Yourself Visually: Chess (Wiley, 2006), a photographically based chess primer, Sacking the Citadel: The History, Theory, and Practice of the Classic Bishop Sacrifice (Russell Enterprises, 2011), and ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age (Russell Enterprises, 2014). He is also web master of Chess is Fun [www.queensac.com], a popular chess instruction web site that receives more than 100,000 hits a week.

Jon writes a regular column, You Can Do It, for Chess Life for Kids.

Most recently, Jon has started a new series of instructional chess books, Chess is Fun, right here on Amazon. He also has a two volume series on Mastering Mate, 1111 Mates in One Move, and 1111 Mates in 2, 3, and 4 Moves.

Jon provides private chess instruction in the Princeton, NJ area. He has taught chess to more than 2,000 students over 30 years.

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This is *the* bible on the Greek sacrifice (Bxh7+). This is a sacrifice every player at club strength and beyond should understand and have some skill at playing. I've played this sacrifice innumerable times. Often it works; sometimes it doesn't. To understand when it will work and when it won't requires understanding more than Bxh7+, Ng5+ and (hopefully) bringing the queen over to h5. This is what Jon Edwards covers in his utterly riveting 400-page book. Let me sing its praises.

Till now the books I've been using have been Vukovic's classic "The Art of Attack in Chess" and Rudel's "Bxh7!" Rudel is a fine book but -- as Edwards indicates in his review -- an inadequate one. Rudel only covers certain combinations. What Edwards does is look at every possible combination of "assets" that the sacrificer might have available. By "assets" he means features in addition to the light-square bishop sacrificed, the Ng5, and the queen (ready to move to either h5, g4, or d3); such assets might be a pawn on e5, a rook ready to enter the fray, the dark-squared bishop protecting the Ng5, or various other features. Generally, as Edwards points out, the sacrificer will need at least two additional assets -- but it very much depends on the nuances of the position. The bulk of the book -- after introductory chapters looking at the contributions of Znosko-Borovsky and Vukovic -- is devoted to 308 annotated games which look at the sacrifice with different combinations of assets. An invaluable index at the end classifies the games by number and character of assets.

I can't praise this book sufficiently. I admit to my shame that though it was published in 2011 I only got my copy a little while back. What astounds me that only one other person has reviewed the book here. This one should become a classic.
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This book offers an extensive review of the classic bishop sacrifice on h7 (or h2). It explores the history of the sacrifice and thoroughly evaluates previously published works on the subject. It is the most complete work on the subject. The author is a former US correspondence chess champion.
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