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Sacking the Citadel: The History, Theory and Practice of the Classic Bishop Sacrifice Paperback – May 1, 2011
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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.
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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 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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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.