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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 987 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-31-22 A Casa vs S Wagman, 1976 (replies)
sleepyirv: Shame White didn't play it out as it's a very pretty mate. If I saw the position in a puzzle book, I would think it must have been constructed.
   May-24-22 A Korobov vs Aronian, 2022
sleepyirv: As a practical concern, I don't like 13... Bxc3. Sure, trading down is good when we're up a piece, but do we really want to spend a tempo picking up a just developed knight? Especially while leaving White's dark square bishop uncontested? I rather spend the tempo to start some ...
   May-05-22 Polgar vs L Gutman, 1987 (replies)
sleepyirv: <Gut Punch>
   Apr-26-22 Csom vs Portisch, 1976
sleepyirv: Note to self: Do not play the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack against Portisch.
   Apr-02-22 T Bakre vs B Zawadzka, 2004
sleepyirv: <Bakre Worse Than His Bite>
   Feb-03-22 R P Michell vs Capablanca, 1919 (replies)
sleepyirv: This is not the only prehistoric opening on Capablanca's records, as he famously played a proto-Benko gambit against Nimzowitsch: Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 Alfred North Whitehead once wrote “All of Western philosophy is but a footnote to Plato." Perhaps all chess openings ...
   Jan-05-22 G Ravinsky vs Panov, 1943 (replies)
sleepyirv: I suggested this game after seeing this analysis by Sam Copeland: . I'm of the opinion that White has the moral responsibility to sacrifice the house if Black leaves his King in the center for too long in the Sicilian. And while that ...
   Dec-02-21 Jonathan Penrose (replies)
sleepyirv: Jonathan Penrose died November 30 at the age of 88. Rest in Peace.
   Nov-29-21 L'Ami vs Van Wely, 2010 (replies)
sleepyirv: Move 41 and beyond looks like a very amusing study, and as <An Englishman> pointed out, particularly with the White King having to march over to the b-pawn to circle it just to march back over to the g pawn to play ring around the rosie. Having it happen in an actual game is
   Nov-10-21 Miles vs Hort, 1983 (replies)
sleepyirv: <Miles Out Of His Way>
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