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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 972 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-09-21 Joel Benjamin vs Shabalov, 2020
sleepyirv: Black lost on time.
   Dec-24-20 Santa Claus (replies)
sleepyirv: Dear Santa, It's been a rough year for many of us, so we could use some extra Christmas cheer. Hmm... CHristmas CHeer. Why not a little chess?
   Dec-20-20 D Dubov vs Karjakin, 2020 (replies)
sleepyirv: By defeating Karjakin in this manner, Dubov becomes <The Minister of Offense>.
   Sep-09-20 Shabalov vs J Parker, 1994 (replies)
sleepyirv: Jonathan Harker is a character in Dracula so perhaps it's not surprising for Jonathan Parker to play this variation. Alas, after White castles, Black's attack peters out and gets into a bad defensive position material down.
   Sep-03-20 Navara vs J Helbich, 1998 (replies)
sleepyirv: A rare occurrence where the puzzle of the day feels like a comment on the game of the day: A Dunne vs K Plesset, 1976 . Sometimes the black king survives on g8 after a queen sac. And sometimes it dies.
   Aug-24-20 Gavrikov vs Smirin, 1988 (replies)
sleepyirv: Smirin writes in King's Indian Warfare (a must own for all KID aficionados) that Gavrikov withdrew from the tournament during the adjournment for this game. Not only did the game have to be adjudicated a win for Smirin, the result ended up not counting toward the tournament's ...
   Aug-06-20 Spielmann vs E Zinner, 1937 (replies)
sleepyirv: I would love to have Phony Benoni over for Zinner!
   Jun-25-20 Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005
sleepyirv: A game that reminds of the phrase <A Scholarly Rebuke>
   Jun-08-20 R Rapport vs D Howell, 2018
sleepyirv: <Any Rapport in a Pawn Storm>
   May-18-20 Nepomniachtchi vs Jobava, 2010 (replies)
sleepyirv: As an (overly)aggressive e4 player, the Caro-Kann has long been a bete noire. At my level, Caro-Kann players use the opening to turn any game into a long, subtle positional battle and who wants that? Even in the advanced variation, the usual suggestion made to attacking players on
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