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The Art of Sacrifice in Chess

272 pages, paperback, Russell Enterprises, 4. edition 2015

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Austrian Grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann's The Art of Sacrifice in Chess first appeared in the mid-1930s. It was immediately recognized as a classic, a masterpiece that examined the nature of chess sacrifices.
In this modernized, 21st century edition, all of Spielmann's original work has been preserved. The antiquated English Descriptive Notation has been replaced with modern Figurine Algebraic, and German grandmaster Karsten Müller has added his own notes to Spielmann's original text.
But the German grandmaster has gone far beyond simply inserting clarifying commentary. Müller has virtually doubled the size of the original work by adding eleven new chapters, including: The Greek Gift Sacrifice Bxh2/7+; Disaster on g7; The Achilles' Heel f7; Strike at the Edge; Destroying the King's Shelter; Sacrifices on f6; Sacrifices on e6; The Magic of Mikhail Tal; Shirov's Sacrifices; and The Fine Art of Defense. There are exercises at the end of each new chapter to help you hone your skill of sacrificing.
Garry Kasparov: "Grandmaster Karsten Müller’s notes to the original text, along with the new material, brilliantly complements Spielmann’s classic work. A welcome addition to any chessplayer’s library."
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EAN 9781936490783
Weight 370 g
Manufacturer Russell Enterprises
Width 15.3 cm
Height 22.9 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2015
Author Rudolf Spielmann
Language English
Edition 4
ISBN-13 978-1936490783
Pages 272
Binding paperback
007 Preface by Karsten Müller
006 Signs and Symbols
009 Introduction by Rudolf Spielmann
011 Part I: The Various Types of Sacrifices
017 Chapter 1: Positional Sacrifices
022 Chapter 2: Sacrifices for Gain
025 Chapter 3: Mating Sacrifices
033 Part II: Real Sacrifices
034 Chapter 4: Sacrifices for Development
040 Chapter 5: Obstructive Sacrifices
051 Chapter 6: Preventive (or Anti-Castling) Sacrifices
066 Chapter 7: Line-Clearance Sacrifices
075 Chapter 8: Vacating Sacrifices
083 Chapter 9: Deflecting or Decoy Sacrifices
087 Chapter 10: (Castled) King's Field Sacrifices
105 Chapter 11: King-Hunt Sacrifices
116 Part II: Sacrificial Values
120 Chapter 12: The Exchange Sacrifice
131 Chapter 13: The Queen Sacrifice
137 Epilogue to the Original Edition
138 Part III: Additional Material
139 Chapter 14: Greek Gift Sacrifice Bxh2/7+
144 Exercises for Chapter 14
147 Chapter 15: Disaster on g7
153 Exercises for Chapter 15
154 Chapter 16: The Achilles' Heel, f7
166 Exercises for Chapter 16
168 Chapter 17: Strike at the Edge
173 Exercises for Chapter 17
174 Chapter 18: Destroying the King's Shelter
178 Exercises for Chapter 18
179 Chapter 19: Sacrifices on f6 - "F" for forward
184 Exercises for Chapter 19
185 Chapter 20: Sacrifices on e6 - Opening the Floodgates
190 Exercises for Chapter 20
191 Chapter 21: The Magic of Mikhail Tal
197 Exercises for Chapter 21
198 Chapter 22: Shirov's Sacrifices
208 Exercises for Chapter 22
209 Chapter 23: The Fine Art of Defense
212 Exercises for Chapter 23
213 Chapter 24: Additional Exercises
217 Solutions to Exercises
266 Bibliography
267 Index of Players
269 Index of Openings
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