Attacking and Defensive play

Tal attacks

[Event "style: Tal on the attack (JUG "]
[Date "1959.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tal, M."]
[Black "Smyslov, V."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[PlyCount "51"]

1. e4 c6 (1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.
Nf3 Be7 8. Bd3 c5 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. O-O-O a6 11. Rhe1 Bd7 12. Nxd4 Qa5 13. Nf5 h6
{[#] Tal whips out another unclear sacrifical attack.} 14. Nxg7+ Kf8 15. Bxf6
Bxf6 16. Bc4 Qg5+ 17. Kb1 {[#] Barcza must have had a good old think, but
didn't fancy it.} Bb5 18. Bxb5 Qxg7 19. Ba4 b5 20. Bb3 Bxb2 21. Qe4 Re8 22.

The Greek Gift

The best player of the late 1500s and early 1600s was Gioachino Greco, who showed this
idea in his writings:

[Event "Greek gift"]
[Site "sacrifice on h7 by B"]
[Date "1792.??.??"]
[Round "83"]
[White "greco"]
[Black "Anon"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C00"]
[PlyCount "21"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bd3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. h4 O-O 6. e5 6... Nd5 { the
simplest setting for the sacrifice - sometimes known as the Greek Gift
after El Greco's pioneering analysis} 7. Bxh7+ Kxh7 8. Ng5+ Kg8 9. Qh5
Bxg5 10. hxg5 f5 11. g6 1-0

The Theory of Steinitz

  1. At the beginning of the game the forces stand in equilibrium.
  2. Correct play on both sides maintains this equilibrium and leads to a drawn game.
  3. Therefore a player can win only as a consequence of an error made by the opponent. (There is no such thing as a winning move.)
  4. As long as the equilibrium is maintained, an attack, however skilful, cannot succeed against correct defence.

The Very Slow King's-side Attack

Rules for attack

Steinitz' rules of attack (from Kotov/Chernev)

  1. In chess, only the attacker wins. Defenders win only when the attacker makes a mistake, OR if the attacker had no right to attack in the first place.

Attacking the castled King

Attack and Defence

4th_Aug_09 Attack and Defence

Items from the initial list of areas for improvement:

The Opera Box Game

Just in case anyone hasn't seen it before: I forget that it is new and fresh to every generation of chess players.

Capablanca - Master of the Attack

Book review: Attack with Mikhail Tal

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Chess Quotes

"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald, First Edition
"Impotent Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
— Fifth edition,

 There are other editions, and other translations, but none, I think, on the Web.