The Chess Attacker´s Handbook
176 pages, paperback, Gambit, 1. edition 2017
Life is too short to play boring chess!
That’s the mantra of the two young authors of this book, and as you read their energetic and insightful words, you may find yourself caught up in their enthusiasm for direct attacking play.
Their over-the-board successes are not based on mere bravado or trickery, but on a profound understanding of the chessboard struggle and thought process. Song and Preotu consider the role of manoeuvring and prophylactic thought, and examine attacks in the endgame, as well as more standard topics such as play on colour complexes and when and how to launch the pawns in an all-out assault.
And because life’s too short to read a boring chess book, the text is packed with advice, study suggestions and anecdotes as well as quotes and references to philosophy and other ‘real-world’ topics. Their examples are drawn from their own practice and their supergrandmaster trainer, as well as modern classics and older gems. Most of their material you will not have seen before; the rest you will not have seen explained this way before.
The authors are the two highest-rated Canadian juniors, and are both coached by Evgeny Bareev. Razvan Preotu earned the Grandmaster title in 2016 at the age of 17. His meteoric rise included outright first place at the 2016 Calgary International, ahead of a strong international field including five GMs, and joint first in the 2017 Canadian Open. Michael Song became an International Master by winning the North American Under-18 Championship. He has represented Canada many times, winning a bronze medal at the 2011 World Youth Championship, and in 2017 won the PanAmerican Youth Championship (Under-18) outright.
005 Foreword (Evgeny Bareev)
006 Introduction (Michael Song)
007 1 Attacking the Uncastled King (Michael Song)
019 2 Opposite-Side Castling (Razvan Preotu)
037 3 Attacks in Endgames (Razvan Preotu)
047 4 The King as an Attacking Force (Razvan Preotu)
057 5 Sacrificial Attacks and Calculation (Michael Song)
067 6 Include All the Pieces in the Attack (Michael Song)
076 7 Attacks on Colour Complexes (Michael Song)
089 8 Pawn Play (Razvan Preotu)
100 9 Charging the h-Pawn Forward (Razvan Preotu)
115 10 Opposite-Coloured Bishops (Razvan Preotu)
127 11 Same Ideas, Different Games (Michael Song)
136 12 Prophylaxis (Michael Song)
147 13 Manoeuvring (Michael Song)
159 14 Isolated d-Pawn Positions (Razvan Preotu)
174 Index of Players
175 Index of Openings