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Everything about attack
Compiled by Littlejohn


CHAPTER-1- The King in the Centre! Sacrifices against the uncastled king. Nxf7.Bxf7.Bxe6.Nxe6

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"Life has, indeed, many ills, but the mind that views every object in its most cheering aspect, and every doubtful dispensation as replete with latent good, bears within itself a powerful and perpetual antidote. The gloomy soul aggravates misfortune, while a cheerful smile often dispels those mists that portend a storm." ― Lydia Sigourney

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." ― Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States, and former Colonel in the U.S. Army

"All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters either. Every single man in this Army play a vital role. Don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain." ― General George S. Patton, U.S. Army

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils

General chess advice from Joe Brooks:

"On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culmination in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite." — Emanuel Lasker

"Life is like a chess. If you lose your queen, you will probably lose the game." — Being Caballero

"Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles." — Garry Kasparov

"Methodical thinking is of more use in chess than inspiration." ― C.J.S. Purdy

"Age brings wisdom to some men, and to others chess." — Evan Esar

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The Eagle and the Owl

The eagle and the owl, resolved to cease
Their war, embraced in pledge of peace.
On faith of king, on faith of owl, they swore
That they would eat each other's chicks no more. "But know you mine?" said Wisdom's bird.
"Not I, indeed," the eagle cried.
"The worse for that," the owl replied:
"I fear your oath's a useless word;
I fear that you, as king, will not
Consider duly who or what:
You kings and gods, of what's before you,
Are apt to make one category.
Adieu, my young, if you should meet them!"
"Describe them, then, or let me greet them,
And, on my life, I will not eat them,"
The eagle said. The owl replied:
"My little ones, I say with pride,
For grace of form cannot be matched, –
The prettiest birds that ever were hatched;
By this you cannot fail to know them;
It's needless, therefore, that I show them.
Pray don't forget, but keep this mark in view,
Lest fate should curse my happy nest by you."
At length God gives the owl a set of heirs,
And while at early eve abroad he fares,
In quest of birds and mice for food,
Our eagle haply spies the brood,
As on some craggy rock they sprawl,
Or nestle in some ruined wall,
(But which it matters not at all,)
And thinks them ugly little frights,
Grim, sad, with voice like shrieking sprites.
"These chicks," says he, "with looks almost infernal, Can't be the darlings of our friend nocturnal.
I'll sup of them." And so he did, not slightly:
He never sups, if he can help it, lightly.
The owl returned; and, sad, he found
Nothing left but claws on the ground.
He prayed the gods above and gods below
To smite the brigand who had caused his woe.
Said one, "On you alone the blame must fall;
Or rather on the law of nature,
Which wills that every earthly creature
Shall think its like the loveliest of all.
You told the eagle of your young ones' graces;
You gave the picture of their faces:
Had it of likeness any traces?"

poem by B.H. Wood, entitled ‘The Drowser':

Ah, reverie! Ten thousand heads I see
Bent over chess-boards, an infinity
Of minds engaged in battle, fiendishly,
Keenly, or calmly, as the case may be:
World-wide, the neophyte, the veteran,
The studious problemist, the fairy fan ...
"What's that? – I'm nearly sending you to sleep? Sorry! – but this position's rather deep."

Source: Chess Amateur, September 1929, page 268.

Conceive a man by nature and misfortune prone to a pallid hopelessness, can any business seem more fitted to heighten it than that of continually handling these dead letters and assorting them for the flames? For by the cart-load they are annually burned. Sometimes from out the folded paper the pale clerk takes a ring: - the finger it was meant for, perhaps, moulders in the grave; a bank-note sent in swiftest charity: - he whom it would relieve, nor eats nor hungers any more; pardon for those who died despairing; hope for those who died unhoping; good tidings for those who died stifled by unrelieved calamities. On errands of life, these letters speed to death. Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity! — Herman Melville

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

N Tereshchenko vs Linjer, 1892 
(C25) Vienna, 23 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs Cheshire / Dobell, 1894 
(C25) Vienna, 35 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs M Berman, 1934 
(C25) Vienna, 11 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

R Nezhmetdinov vs M Kamyshov, 1950 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs K Grigorian, 1974 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 44 moves, 1-0

bxe6 sacrifice
R Nezhmetdinov vs Suetin, 1947 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 29 moves, 1-0

L Christiansen vs Wojtkiewicz, 2006 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 23 moves, 1-0

bxe6 . the triple knight tour
Capablanca vs K Havasi, 1928 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

attacking the castle king. Rxf7
K Georgiev vs Polgar, 1993
(B40) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

B Wall vs J Chance, 1969 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 9 moves, 1-0

Ne6!! .Attack the king in the centre
Shamkovich vs Benko, 1978 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Nf5 ! positional sacrifice
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Bxe6!! attacks the uncastle king
T Ernst vs C Gruvaeus, 2000 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 13 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Exchange. Schallopp Variation (D12) 1-0 14.?
Alekhine vs R L Bornholz, 1929 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 16 moves, 1-0

Black just played an intermezzo before taking the rook.
Korchnoi vs D Solak, 2002 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 19 moves, 1-0

attack against castle queenside
Parma vs C Bielicki, 1959 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 27 moves, 0-1

powerful center
R Nezhmetdinov vs Myagmarsuren, 1965 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

Alekhine block
Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32) 0-1 35...?
Gulko vs J Horvath, 1985 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 0-1

"Talkin' 'bout my Variation" (game of the day May-24-2014)
Velimirovic vs J Sofrevski, 1965 
(B89) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

25. Nxf7! is simple but forces a smile out of any tactical love
Keres vs Fine, 1946 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

Game 33 Take My Rooks by Minev and Seirawan
N Gaprindashvili vs R Servaty, 1974 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Classical. Main lines (B18) 1-0 19.?
N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95) 1-0 16.?
B Bernard vs T Civin, 2003 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 23 moves, 1-0

"Better than Nathan" (game of the day Sep-21-2005)
Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer, 1880 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

"Bielisima!" (game of the day Dec-11-2015)
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

"Vishyssoise" (game of the day Nov-01-2005)
Anand vs Karpov, 1996 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Z Andriasian, 2003 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Portisch, 1973 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

smothered mate its coming
Geller vs H Ree, 1969 
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 1-0

Adams vs E Torre, 2002 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 53 moves, 1-0

D Rovner vs Tal, 1955 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

A Karu vs Keres, 1931 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

C W Hrissikopoulos vs R S Underwood, 1938 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1-0

I A Horowitz vs C W Hrissikopoulos, 1941 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 20 moves, 1-0

Keene vs E Fielder, 1964  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs NN, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 14 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Atacking the castle queenside
E Korchmar vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1931 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 22 moves, 0-1

"This is Spartak!" (game of the day Jun-17-2018)
E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

"Opening a Kan of Worms" (game of the day Sep-08-2006)
Smagin vs S Salov, 1984 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 31 moves, 1-0

explosion on g6
Uhlmann vs R Schoene, 1991 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

attacking the castle queenside
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

g7 explosion
Larsen vs Geller, 1960 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

24 ... Ne5-g4? threatens Philidor's Legacy with 25 ... Qb4-b6+
Larsen vs D Suboticanec, 1955 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Punishment to the king in the centre . Nxf7 !!
Tal vs Lozov, 1952 
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 23 moves, 1-0

double en prise sacrifice
Tal vs Andreopoulas, 1988 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 19 moves, 1-0

"Mtel Me Another One" (game of the day May-16-2006)
Topalov vs Kamsky, 2006 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs R L'hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

"Bareev Grieves" (game of the day Sep-06-2018)
Topalov vs Bareev, 2002 
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1-0

"Mtel it like it is" (game of the day Apr-16-2006)
Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

"Morra! Morra! Morra!" (game of the day Nov-10-2013)
Tal vs M Neibults, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

take my rooks
NN vs Burn, 1866 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 15 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Maroczy Var (B02) 0-1 Beware same side B&N
J Lastovicka vs F Vykydal, 1971 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 12 moves, 0-1

Amazing king hunt in this correspondence game.
P Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

J G Colbourne vs Blackburne, 1894  
(C22) Center Game, 17 moves, 0-1

E Atalik vs J Werle, 2006 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2009 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 45 moves, 1-0

Smith vs NN, 1852 
(000) Chess variants, 11 moves, 1-0

L Bruzon Batista vs Carlsen, 2005 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

P Romanovsky vs N Grigoriev, 1924 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

J N Berger vs Frohlich, 1888 
(C46) Three Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

D Losev vs I Kadimova, 1991 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

king hunting
E Formanek vs J Bradford, 1979 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 0-1

nive one by Kramnik
A Oganyan vs Kramnik, 1984 
(B89) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Kramnik is crushing
I Odesskij vs Kramnik, 1987 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 25 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical (D32) 1-0 Rob the pin
Tal vs Sveshnikov, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

Black should have prevented Nf5 with ...g6.
Tarjan vs L Gilden, 1973 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 35 moves, 1-0

"Andrei the Giant" (game of the day Sep-04-2013)
A Sokolov vs Salov, 1983 
(B89) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

wow, Tal's knight here is like a big octopus sitting in the mid
Tal vs Furman, 1955 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 36 moves, 1-0

"All That's Zilber is not Gold" (game of the day Feb-07-2022)
Tal vs I Zilber, 1949 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

a severe case of stage fright
Tal vs Petrosian, 1957 
(C18) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

"Carl's Bad Day" (game of the day Apr-07-2015)
Teichmann vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

"The Lowest Form of Tuma" (game of the day Jan-11-2010)
P Chrz vs J Tuma, 2001 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

"The Two Knight Show" (game of the day Jan-03-2010)
Gligoric vs P Bidev, 1946 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Wing Gambit (B20) 1-0 blindfold Greek gift
Koltanowski vs NN, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1-0

"Ragnar Rock" (game of the day Nov-27-2011)
R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 14 moves, 1-0

Sicilian: Morphy Gambit (B21) Bxf7+ Removes the Defender
J Krejcik vs H Suechting, 1908 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 10 moves, 1-0

I Blek vs Tal, 1952 
(B07) Pirc, 46 moves, 0-1

"Taleportischion" (game of the day Jun-01-2014)
Tal vs Portisch, 1965 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 27 moves, 1-0

"Kids Play the Darndest Things" (game of the day Nov-12-2016)
Karjakin vs Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

multiple threats of discovered check is a nice theme
D Hermann vs Charousek, 1896 
(C46) Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

Game 236 Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch)
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 28 moves, 1-0

Reti Opening: Advance Var (A09) 1-0 32.?
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2009 
(A09) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

"Maximus Wins the Crowd" (game of the day Jan-31-2010)
Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

"Do You Know the Way to San Hosea?" (game of the day Feb-12-201
S Hosea vs P A Fontaine, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

"Mohrlok Next Time" (game of the day Jul-31-2009)
Tal vs D Mohrlok, 1962 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Englund Gambit Complex: Felbecker Gambit (A40) 1-0 Greek gift
Alekhine vs T Lovewell, 1923 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

"Combination Lock" (game of the day Mar-01-2010)
E Sedina vs S Tkeshelashvili, 2003 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

"Sofia Rules" (game of the day Mar-08-2010)
S Polgar vs Larsen, 1995 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

"Chuck Roast" (game of the day May-12-2017)
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

"Viktor Calculus" (game of the day Aug-04-2015)
Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

"Danner is Served" (game of the day May-09-2013)
Kupreichik vs G Danner, 1966 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

"The Knight Stalker" (game of the day Mar-19-2010)
Kasparov vs S Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

"Changing Geirs" (game of the day Mar-22-2010)
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

"The Purple Rose of Tairo" (game of the day Mar-27-2010)
E Tairova vs M Sandu, 2008 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: General (D10) 1-0 22.?
I Popov vs E Tairova, 2006 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Simple minority attack win. Capa makes it look easy!
Capablanca vs Golombek, 1939 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Four Knights Game: 4.d4 Scotch. Accepted (C47) 1/2-1/2
Firouzja vs Ding Liren, 2022 
(C47) Four Knights, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Game: Two Knts Def. Lolli Attack (C57) 1-0Exch Sac Attk
J Balint vs Chernev, 1938 
(C57) Two Knights, 10 moves, 1-0

Dutch, Leningrad. Matulovic Var (A89) 1-0 12-year-old Q&R#
Carlsen vs D Rylander, 2003 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack (D00) 0-1 39...?
D Kosic vs S Cvetkovic, 1994 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Scandinavian, Portuguese Gambit (B01) 0-1 Hazardous!!
F Halwick vs Roberto Pe Ang, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 0-1

18. Nc5! is # 137 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Smyslov vs C Kottnauer, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 21 moves, 1-0

Fischer's book "My 60 Memorable Games" notes to Geller Game 58
Fischer vs P Dely, 1967 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

Vladimir Vukovic's Art of Attack in Chess, p. 184
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Simon Williams' Immortal Game
S Williams vs A Rakhmangulova, 2023 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

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