Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $5.71 (19%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Sacrifice and Initiative ... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: 2013 ed PB. Book appears unused. Text and illustrations are clear/unmarked, no highlighting, binding is tight/square, cover shows no shelf wear. Bk 189N. All proceeds to benefit the Menlo Park CA Public Library. Tracking included. gw
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage Paperback – October 7, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$24.24
$9.00 $8.00

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$24.24 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage
  • +
  • Risk & Bluff in Chess: The Art of Taking Calculated Risks
Total price: $42.56
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

Ivan Sololov may be the strongest active player writing books on middle game theory, and the quality shows. He writes and analyses with great enthusiasm and expertise and the attentive reader will not just be entertained by the great games, he'll be educated as well. (Dennis Monokroussos The Chess Mind)

The structure is well thought out and makes the material easier to digest. The book shines in Sokolov's constant attempts to explain rules and principles (in particular the attacking ratio, which dominates most examples)coupled with stories about particular games or concepts. (Sam Collins Chess Today)

Sokolov does an extremely remarkable job. His explanations are always convincing and instructive. (Klaus Kreuzer Rochade Europa Magazine)

One of the book's strongest chapters deals with ignoring our opponents' threats by creating counter-threats of our own. Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess is a thought-provoking and mature study of great importance.

(John D. Warth, This title is destined to be a classic... Chess Club of Southern Indiana)

Sokolov writes clearly and instructively, and once again he has produced an excellent book that is a pleasure to read.
(Joe Petrolito Australasian Chess Magazine)

The book offers useful ideas, presents wonderful attacking games and motivates to play creatively. The explanations by this experienced grandmaster are instructive and enlightening. (Martin Rieger Schachwelt)

Presents not only rules of thumb but also specific insights that had never crossed by mind. (Hans Ree, International grand master NRC Handelsblad)

This book will truly help you to improve your attacking skills!

(Elburg Chess Reviews)

An outstanding work that should appeal to a wide audience.
(John Donaldson, International master, International Master)

About the Author

Ivan Sokolov is a top grandmaster who was born in Bosnia in 1968. He was Yugoslav champion in 1988 and Dutch champion in 1995 and 1998. He rose to the number 12 spot in the FIDE world rankings. In his rich career Sokolov has beaten world chess champions Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand. His previous books The Ruy Lopez Revisited, The Strategic Nimzo-Indian and Winning Chess Middlegames were widely acclaimed bestsellers.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New In Chess,Csi (October 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9056914316
  • ISBN-13: 978-9056914318
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Christopher J. Falter on October 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Having written well-regarded works on pawn play, the Nimzo-Indian, and the Ruy Lopez, GM Ivan Sokolov turns his attention to dynamic play. He annotates 92 sparkling games, which include 21 of his own plus a wealth of classics from the likes of Fischer (4), Kasparov (12), and Tal (15). It's hard to pick a favorite game, but here are a few that caught my eye:

* In Karpov-Kasparov, Linares 1993 we see Garry offer a sacrifice on almost every move, but Tolya must keep refusing the offers. Soon Karpov has retreated all his pieces to the first rank, while Garry's army is well-coordinated for an irresistible onslaught.

* Tal ignores Lutikov's hanging queen (Tal-Lutikov, Tallinn 1964) in order to make a quiet rook move that targets black's king in the center. Lutikov gives up his queen in order to reach an exchange-up endgame, but Tal eschews draw by perpetual and keeps finding amazing resources to keep black's rooks tied down to defense. Lutikov tries to give up material to reach a defensible position, but Tal's piece activity and coordination garner the full point.

* In Anand's "Immortal Game" (Aronian-Anand, Wijk Aan Zee 2013) the world champ offers a bishop and ignores his hanging f8-rook in order to pry open the a7-g1 diagonal. Controlling the long diagonal from b7 and the important f2 and h2 squares with his wonderful g4-knight, Anand organizes a mating attack that Aronian cannot resist, in spite of his extra rook. Sokolov declares it "perhaps the best game on the theme of 'ignoring the threat and imposing your own (higher-degree) threat' I have ever seen!", and I have to concur.

* In Byrne-Fischer (Sousse Interzonal 1967) Bobby leaves his king uncastled in a Najdorf Sicilian and launches his h-pawn toward white's kingside.
Read more ›
Comment 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
For chess masters wishing to write a book, an easy formula is available. Play through about a thousand games with an idea at the back of your mind. Select those which are useful and annotate them. Then group them all under a dozen headings, write a couple of sentences for each chapter outline and bingo! You have a book.
Sokolov is candid enough to confess that this is just what he did.
As he mentions Spielmann and Vukovic as model for his enterprise, this is the point at which comparison becomes inevitable. His book has no theoretical background, nor a paedagogic thrust. A teacher points to features you must learn to assimilate, gives you hints and instructions on how to recognise, anticipate and handle them. The game annotations are intended to reinforce the doctrine. We might feel that too often chess is too chameleon-like to be captured in skeletal or piecemeal fashion, BUT FOR A LEARNER THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!
For example, Spielmann was way ahead of his time (or way behind?) when he stressed the intuitive aspects of sacrifice and initiative. Vukovic gives you detailed models of typical attacks and sacrifices, and adds two dozen combinational motifs for you to be alert to. This is teaching. Even a novice can learn something essential from these pages, even though they are pitched higher than novice level. In the same way, an average club player can learn an immense amount from the highly practical exposition of Averbakh in book on Tactics, although he is also addressing practised tournament players.
Sokolov, however, does not teach. He exhibits. This is excellent for students who are already fairly experienced – in this case I would say minimum Elo of about 2200. But you have to know how to teach yourself.
Read more ›
1 Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very good book. But it is not one I would recommend to a beginer. Mainly dues to large analysis lines the author gives. This is a nice book for someone who has already gone theough My System, Art of Attack, and Chess Training for Post begginers. If you already comfortable with the topics in any of those three books, this is a nice book to use next, If you are new to positional Chess, I would stary with one of the other three books first. Just this week we had a tournament in my town and walking around seeing others play I quickly notice that there are players who had a better position but gave it up, or failed to take advantage of it. One person who was playing a higher rated opponent did not pick up the initive after the stronger player wasted two moves in the opening, instead he wasted two of his own. Another match a person had a plan, and the opponent decided to counter attack, yet the guy with the plan failed to ignore the counter attack not realizing his attack was superior and decisive. This person had a mate threat, or have his opponent lose a queen to stop the mate, yet he got fixated on the counter attack, and fixated on losing a pawn that he decided to postpone his attack and defend the pawn, i doing so his opponent spotted the mate threat and moved away from it. So this one person settled for a draw rather than a win. My point is that many people seem to get fixated on an idea or two and forget about the big picture. This book is rather refreshing in that it will illustrate the big picture, you will see games where you can ignore a person threat, when your threat is even bigger, it will show you why what looks like an obvious move to non masters, is often ignore by masters eg. a master/grand master not taking a hanging piece and making some positional move instead.Read more ›
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?