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You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5 and the path leading out is only wide enough for one. - Mikhail Tal, 8th World Champion

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The Attacking Player Glossary:

<The Bible>: The Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukosvic the book that outlines how anyone can become an attacking player

<The Esteemed Competition>: Positional players, or more specifically the players who enjoy simple positions to complex, maneuvering to direct attack, closed games to open games, etc. There are many roads to Rome and if they score wins off their style, good for them! But attacking players must try to play their game, not Karpov’s.

<Heroic Defense>: Your opponent’s position is in shambles, your pieces are circles his king like shark, it’s only a matter of time before his position collapses… and he finds a way to get out of it! Follow the <Pillsbury Principle>

<The Magician>: The one and only Mikhail Tal (1936-1982)

<Pillsbury Principle>: As quoted by W.E. Napier, “So set up your attacks that when the fire is out, it isn’t out” –Harry Pillsbury The job is never done till mate is gotten.

<Power Players>: Neil McDonald describes these players in his book “Chess Secrets: Giants of Power Play.” Aggressive players who plan their openings to middle games to ensure pressure is always on the opponent. Think of them as the scientific attacking players compared to artists like Tal and Shirov.

<The Sicilian Defense>: The Cadillac of chess openings.

<Tal Logic>: “First, how to sac my queen, then rook, then bishop, then knight, then pawns.” –Mikhail Tal The attacking player’s thought process should follow these lines.

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   sleepyirv has kibitzed 935 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-19-18 Kramnik vs Shirov, 1998 (replies)
sleepyirv: For those who don't know recent chess history (and apologies if I over-simplify matters)... Garry Kasparov left the FIDE during the early 90s over what he considered some incredibly poor decisions made by that organization (who could ever imagine?). FIDE retained the value of the ...
   May-15-18 Korchnoi vs Smirin, 1998
sleepyirv: For a little backstory, Korchnoi spent an hour on the move 24. h3 and Smirin immediately played 24... Ne3, considering it pointless to analyze other moves. Smirin later figured out both Ngf6 and Ndf6 lead to incredibly complex positions that either favor Black or draw. Apparently ...
   May-13-18 Hracek vs Shirov, 2003
sleepyirv: Perhaps you've heard the old joke about a patzer challenging to play two grandmasters at the same time in different rooms and then playing whatever one grandmaster did against the other one. According to Shirov, something similar happened here. Shirov was playing 2nd board here ...
   May-10-18 Alvis Vitolinsh
sleepyirv: Alexi Shirov writes of Vitolinsh in Fire on the Board II: "Now, when about seven years have passed since Alvis' death, I notice that some of his ideals have a strange destiny. Firstly, Alvis himself was not always able to make them work at their best because, as a true artist, he ...
   May-10-18 L Engels vs K Richter, 1935
sleepyirv: Rooks of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your pawnchains!
   May-02-18 Stefansson vs Shirov, 1995
sleepyirv: According to Shirov, he analyzed this opening a few weeks before after losing to Judit Polgar ( Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 ). When he decided to play it against Stefansson, he had completely forgotten Stefansson was actually involved in that analysis and only remembered a few ...
   Apr-29-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
sleepyirv: Congratulations to Sam Shankland his coming out party!
   Apr-25-18 Jennifer Yu vs Maggie Feng, 2018 (replies)
sleepyirv: Bronstein would have been proud of this knight sac for a pawnroller. Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956
   Apr-22-18 Nino Khurtsidze (replies)
sleepyirv: Rest in Peace, Nino. Far too young.
   Apr-18-18 Keres vs Petrosian, 1949
sleepyirv: Better Call Saul is a great show, but I made the mistake to watch the entire third season over a weekend. You have to stretch it out.
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