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  • 2 years ago · Quote · #1

    Master_Po

    What is the best chess book to read for aggressive attacking play?  Thanks.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2

    Scottrf

    I have this one, not read it yet but heard from a few people it's pretty good:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Attack-Chess-Vladimir-Vukovic/dp/1857444000

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #3

    Master_Po

    Yep, noticed that one Scott. Said perhaps only players 1600 or above should read it - i'm about 1350.  What about Attacking Chess: The French, anyone read it? Reviews?  I'm leaning toward it right now. 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #4

    Scottrf

    I can't see a book on attacking within a single opening being good for a beginner. Seems a bit limiting.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #5

    ChristianSoldier007

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #6

    Master_Po

    Yes, i was already seeing your point, Scott, then I found this book. http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Out-Indian-Attack-Everyman/dp/1857443942/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1337872563&sr=8-5  Maybe it's good.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #7

    Scottrf

    Predator at the chessboard is actually brilliant. Really well written, easy to understand, but fairly basic. http://www.chesstactics.org/

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #8

    santoy55

    I recommand you: Attack with Mikhail Tal.

    This book is in the same style of the art of attack in chess but more easy to understand and more entertaining in my opinion.

    p.s. Both are great.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #9

    Master_Po

    Thanks all, i've ordered a couple suggested and will check out the predator thing.  Should keep me busy for 6 months.  See you on the other side of 1600. 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #10

    GoodChessMind

    Personally, if you want to get to 1600 I would recommend that you study mostly endgames and middlegames. Though openings are important in chess, they are not as important until you get high rated. For endgame books I would strongly recommend that you read Jeremy Silman's Complete Endgame Course. Also, if you want to play aggressively you can practice a lot of chess tactics on many websites for free. Best one that comes to my mind is chesstempo.com. One thing to keep in mind though is that as you play stronger players being too aggressive may not be that helpful. I know that first hand because I am an e4 player and my mindset in chess games is to look for tactics rather than focusing on the positional aspects of chess. So being aggressive is fine but you have to know when to play aggressively as opposed to when to play positionally depending how the position is. Though i haven't read it, I would probably think that Jeremy Silman's book on Strategy is good book for you to understand the middlegame.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #11

    Master_Po

    Thanks Fischer, i've found chesstempo and use it every day.  Wow, i'm liking that Predator so far - can see it'll really help.  Also can see that Predator and tactics quizes are two different things, both valuable. 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #12

    bcoburn2

    I learn something from every book I pick up.No best one - yet !

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #13

    Master_Po

    Thanks, I'll check that one out too Shadow. Holy Cheesecake Palomino - so many good books and references, so little time. Hey, it must be a classic.(by the price) http://www.amazon.com/A-First-Book-Morphy-Paperback/dp/B00859GNK4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1337902660&sr=8-3 Love the cover.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #14

    johnmusacha

    "The Art of Chess Combination," by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #15

    Metastable

    Think you clicked on a wrong link for $252 there :-) Try this edition instead:

    http://www.amazon.com/First-Book-Morphy-Frisco-Rosario/dp/1412039061/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337909889&sr=1-1

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #16

    Master_Po

    There it is, for $18 and change.(First Book of Morphy)  I looked at the table of contents though, and it seems very basic - don't move same piece twice in the opening, get knights out before bishops, don't move Q out early, castle asap, etc.  Is it still a good one for a <1500 player?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #17

    bcoburn2

    I have all these "classics" - Buy the books now - then when you're my age - they are all classics.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #18

    friscodelrosario

    DavyWilliams wrote:

    it seems very basic - don't move same piece twice in the opening, get knights out before bishops, don't move Q out early, castle asap, etc.  Is it still a good one for a <1500 player?

    Whatever the price is on Amazon, I'll knock 10 percent off that.

    I learned much from writing A First Book of Morphy, and players better than I said they got some benefit from it.

    I'll never understand why people have a hard time reading chess notation without check and capture symbols — they're superfluous — but I put 'em in my next book, in which folks don't like the chapter headings. 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #19

    Master_Po

    Sorry Frisco, I already bought it.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #20

    Frankovich73

    I love to attack and sacrifice. If you like playing like Mikhail Tal or Alexei Shirov I recommend this book written by Tal himself.

    http://www.amazon.com/Attack-Mikhail-Cadogan-Chess-Books/dp/1857440439

    Also Tal's other book is quite insightful.

    http://www.amazon.com/Life-Games-Mikhail-Tal/dp/1857442024/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338341708&sr=1-1

    I know that I like Tal too much but still I think his ideas are immensely helpful.


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