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Vladimir Vukovic
Number of games in database: 100
Years covered: 1921 to 1958
Overall record: +36 -40 =24 (48.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D64 D63 D52
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E12 E15 E16
 King's Indian (6) 
    E76 E97 E61 E67 E60
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E47 E38 E32 E20
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (9) 
    C12 C13 C11 C17
 French (8) 
    C12 C13 C11
 Alekhine's Defense (8) 
    B02 B03 B05
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E12 E18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D31 D30 D37 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Vukovic vs A Vajda, 1925 1-0
   Maroczy vs V Vukovic, 1922 1/2-1/2
   V Vukovic vs L Endzelins, 1936 1-0
   G Nagy vs V Vukovic, 1925 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Debrecen (1925)
   Vienna (1922)
   Kecskemet (1927)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Debrecen 1925 by Phony Benoni

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(born Aug-26-1898, died Nov-18-1975, 77 years old) Yugoslavia

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Vladimir Vukovic was awarded the IM title in 1951 and became an International Arbiter in 1952. He played for two Yugoslav Olympiad teams in 1927 and 1936 but it is for his work as an author that he's best known. He edited "Sahovski Glasnik" for many years and authored two major works "The Art of Attack in Chess" (1965) and "The Chess Sacrifice" (1968).

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 100  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H Mueller vs V Vukovic  0-138 1921 ViennaE12 Queen's Indian
2. Euwe vs V Vukovic  ½-½50 1921 WienD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. A Vajda vs V Vukovic 1-040 1921 ViennaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. T Gruber vs V Vukovic  0-153 1921 ViennaC11 French
5. V Vukovic vs Tartakower 0-138 1921 ViennaA84 Dutch
6. Gruenfeld vs V Vukovic  0-151 1922 ViennaA47 Queen's Indian
7. Reti vs V Vukovic 1-036 1922 ViennaC12 French, McCutcheon
8. V Vukovic vs Spielmann 0-131 1922 ViennaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
9. H Wolf vs V Vukovic  1-064 1922 ViennaC12 French, McCutcheon
10. Saemisch vs V Vukovic 0-138 1922 ViennaD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
11. S Wolf vs V Vukovic 0-139 1922 Elimination TtC54 Giuoco Piano
12. V Vukovic vs Bogoljubov 0-139 1922 ViennaD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. V Vukovic vs Tartakower 0-156 1922 ViennaC01 French, Exchange
14. Rubinstein vs V Vukovic 1-054 1922 ViennaC12 French, McCutcheon
15. F Fischer vs V Vukovic 1-036 1922 Team MatchA47 Queen's Indian
16. V Vukovic vs S Takacs 0-137 1922 ViennaE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. V Vukovic vs Alekhine ½-½76 1922 ViennaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. V Vukovic vs I Koenig  1-042 1922 ViennaC66 Ruy Lopez
19. Maroczy vs V Vukovic ½-½27 1922 ViennaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. V Vukovic vs Kmoch 1-028 1922 ViennaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Tarrasch vs V Vukovic 0-140 1922 ViennaB03 Alekhine's Defense
22. V Vukovic vs S Deutsch 1-018 1923 1st Yugoslav Nat TtC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. V Vukovic vs S Ciric 0-130 1924 YugoslaviaA15 English
24. K Havasi vs V Vukovic  0-158 1924 GyorE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
25. V Vukovic vs Maroczy 1-081 1924 GyorA04 Reti Opening
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  JointheArmy: <kackhander> The accuracy of the annotations for its time was considered to be phenomenal. Even with the John Nunn edition where he doubled checked it with a computer, there's only a few corrections he makes every chapter. Plus he made original annotations and improvements among famous games such as Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936
Jan-31-08  micartouse: I almost think a player has to be pretty tough already to get much from <Art of Attack>. Any well written strategy book should be useful if you can remember the positions and reproduce them OTB, but here the attacking formations and variations are complex.

I've been doing well with Pawn Structure Chess because you can easily create the situations on the board. I hope to revisit Art of Attack someday and get more from it - it's inspiring!

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  Shams: <micartouse> <Pawn Structure Chess> taught me more about chess than any other book. I can't say enough good things about it. Hands down Soltis' best book.
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  DarthStapler: I was able to apply the lessons in Art of Attack to my games. For example I've pulled of at least 3 successful Greek Gift sacrifices since I read it
Jan-31-08  euripides: Many middle game books handle static features like pawn structure and the propoerties of the pieces well, but are much less convincing on dynamics. Attack is hard to write about and Vukovic's old book (the Pergamon edition doesn't look that old until you notice almost all the examples are from the 1930s or before) tackles it exceptionally well. Jonathan Speelman is one author who strongly recommends it.
Jan-31-08  takchess: Thank you Karpova ! I am slowly working through this book and find it interesting and a little above me.

I am writing about this trek here

I just learned that Ken Smith wrote a follow on book to this with the same chapter themes : The Modern Art of Attack with games of Tal, Fischer and Kasparov in the 80's

Feb-08-08  takchess: In the 80's Ken Smith and John Hall wrote a booklet called the Modern Art of Attack. This was a games collection of Attacking Games in the spirit of the teachings of Vukovic. Each Game is published in it's entirety and is nicely but not over anotated. Chapters are themed simalarly to the Art of Attack. I created this games collection here.

Game Collection: Modern Art of Attack Game Collection

This is an inexpensive book available from ebay/amazon.

Feb-10-08  brankat: I still have the original issue of V.Vukovic's "The Art of Attack in Chess", in Croatian: "Umjece sahovskog napada", by Sahovska Naklada, Zagreb, 1959.

In the Preface to the edition, December 1958, Vukovic states that the work on the book was basically completed in 1951,

Mar-01-08  takchess: Vukovic in chapter 9 of the Art of Attack spoke about the thematic Knight f5 sacrifice which is common in attacks on the Kingside fianchetto positions. The blogger Dave Transformation http://dk-transformation.blogspot.c... kindly sent me a series of games where the knight is posted on f5 against the fianchetto many which are sacrifices I have posted a collection of these games here Game Collection: Nf5 sac against the kingside castled fianchetto
Apr-21-08  brankat: <takchess> A great, and very educational collection! Thank You.
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  Knight13: I hate attacking style, and I never attack an opponent's king, but I learned that positional chess often needs king-side attack back-ups, and if a weak king exists one needs to know how to attack (since that's the ONLY PLACE that your advantage lies), so now I'm forced to read "The Art of Attack In Chess" which I never wanted to at all.
May-12-08  brankat: <Knight13> <<so now I'm forced to read "The Art of Attack In Chess" which I never wanted to at all.>

Should You persist with this book, not just by reading it flipping through the pages, but actually conscientiously STUDYING the material, You will not regret the time and effort!

Whatever Your chess skills-level is at the moment, the study of Vukovic's work will help You greatly in better understanding of the essence and dynamics of the "pro-active" approach to the game. It will definitively improve Your game.

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  whiteshark: After reading the Art of Attack I never castled again. :D
Aug-26-08  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Vukovic.

<whiteshark> As a general rule, V.Vukovic does suggest (even urges) a timely castling, with a number of exceptions ;-)

Aug-26-08  akapovsky: at what rating would it be fine to read the art of attack in chess
Aug-26-08  brankat: <akapovsky> As V.Vukovic remarked in the Preface to the original edition, the book material is organized and presented in such a way as to be useful to any level, from beginners to masters.

I would estimate that the book is ideal for the so-called intermediate level of players.

Re: the original edition. It is in Croatian/Serbian, published in Zagreb, Croatia in 1959, although, as Vukovic says, the manuscript was basically ready as far back as 1951. I've never read an English edition.

Hope this helps.

May-15-09  dumbgai: I'm generally not an attacking style player, but Art of Attack is really an excellent book. I'm around 1700 USCF rating.
May-15-09  dumbgai: <Knight13: I hate attacking style> Surely there's SOME sort of attacking that you like to do, otherwise you're like a boxer who hates to punch.
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  wordfunph: To the man behind the book "Art of Attack in Chess"....GM Vladimir Vukovic Happy Birthday!
Aug-26-11  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Vukovic

VUKOVIC, Vladimir

Oct-15-11  Karpova: C.N. 7062

Vuković vs. N.N.

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1.Nf5 Qxh4 2.Qh5 1-0

Aug-26-12  Tal7777777: Player of the day 8/26/12.
Aug-26-13  brankat: R.I.P. Mr Vukovic.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM Vladimir Vukovic.
Aug-26-15  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Mr.Vukovic
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