- Series: Fireside Chess Library
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780684802503
- ISBN-13: 978-0684802503
- ASIN: 0684802503
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion (Fireside Chess Library) Paperback – August 1, 1995
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About the Author
Josh Waitzkin, an eight-time National Chess Champion in his youth, was the subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. At eighteen, he published his first book, Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess. Since the age of twenty, he has developed and been spokesperson for Chessmaster, the largest computer chess program in the world. Now a martial arts champion, he holds a combined twenty-one National Championship titles in addition to several World Championship titles. When not traveling the country giving seminars and keynote presentations, he lives and trains in New York City. He can be reached at www.joshwaitzkin.com. For more information about Chessmaster visit www.ubi.com.
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Waitzkin is both engaging and informative; he truly communicates the beauty and complexities of the game. The book is a compilation of both chess principles mixed with a bit of autobiographical commentary as the vast bulk of games and puzzles presented are his own. The material is weighted more for the beginner chess player, those rated 1500 or below. But even for those well above, Waitzkin's presentation is engaging enough to make it worth a quick rehashing of ideas.
First there's a chapter on mates. Then he teaches the most basic tactics, such as forks, pins, skewers, double threats and discoveries. Then he goes on with more difficult things like bust, queen traps, minor traps, pawn storms and the power of the Kamikaze, and then goes on with zwischenzug, the seventh rank and the pig, mating nets, sac for mate!, graduate work, and other things.
One chapter, called "Opening Traps", has two traps from two national championships that Josh was in. Nice stories are in that chapter, too.
The last two chapters of the book are probably the most difficult (Sac For Mate! and Graduate Work), because in most of the positions he gives you, you need to calculate a lot of moves ahead. It's can be kind of fun because you can see if you can think as well as Waitzkin.
Don't believe people who say this book is only for "beginners" and/or "intermediate players", because this book does not teach you how to play chess. There are some very difficult problems that Josh had in his games.
Excellent book. Buy it.
However, he doesn't really generalize to any rules to think about. You won't walk away really knowing anything well.
Given that, the book is kind of fun and light. Waitzkin (either Josh or Fred) is a good writer and the book is enjoyable.
Although I can't say that my game has improved a lot, or even at all, it was worthy reading it just for all the stories told in it.
The tactical elements are not analysed deep enough and there is no clear way how to achieve them.
It may be the easiest book I've read.
I recommend this book to all those who find other chess books boring. This is not! But it won't help you improve your game much.
I should say that Josh Waitzkin does a much better job in the tutorial of the chessmaster game (10th).