I would describe my chess philosophy as this: My opponent are in the middle of a dark house. The goal is to be the first one out. I am of the opinion my opponent is better navigating in the dark. So I set the house on fire and hope in the confusion I'll be able to escape.
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.