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Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage Paperback – October 7, 2013
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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.|
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* 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 ›
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 ›
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A must have for a improving player, and very intertaing.Published 12 months ago by Carlos cassio Faria
Sacrifice seems to be as common today in top chess as was the Queen's Gambit back in the times of Capablanca and Lasker. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Igelfeld