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The Subtle Art of Winning Brilliantly

Neil McDonald



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04 October 2021
To be passive... is fatal to the beginner or medium player - such players must be aggressive. He must attack, because only in that way can he develop his imagination, which is a very important thing. This quote comes, perhaps surprisingly, from Jose Capablanca, a world champion far better known for his brilliant strategic and positional play than his attacking prowess.

This emphasizes the fundamental importance of having a clear understanding of how to build up and execute an attack. Every chess player loves to attack. Directing one's forces towards the enemy king, probing to create weaknesses and ultimately crashing through with a brilliant sacrifice is always a thrilling experience. However, attacking play must always be based on sound principles and carried out in a forceful and logical manner. This is not always a straightforward task.

In this book, the highly experienced author and grandmaster Neil McDonald guides the reader through all the complexities of attacking play. Topics include:
* Attacking a king trapped in the centre.
* Exploiting weaknesses to develop an attack.
* Preventing reinforcements from rescuing the king.
Imprint:   Woodslane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 170mm, 
ISBN:   9781781945674
ISBN 10:   1781945675
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Neil McDonald became a grandmaster in 1996 and a FIDE trainer in 2017. He is a regular coach of the England Junior team at international events. Neil has written numerous books on openings, endgames, tactics and strategy as well as biographies of famous players. He lives in Gravesend in Kent, England.

Reviews for Attack!: The Subtle Art of Winning Brilliantly

The strength of this book is the hundreds of questions posed by GM McDonald, definitely important if one is serious in improving one's own chess. Final thoughts: I'm happy with this book, I think I'm getting the training I paid for, and I look forward to more chess books to enrich me and teach me as chess player, Davide Nastasio,

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