Synopses & Reviews
The subject of the book and movie andlt;Iandgt;Searching for Bobby Fischer,andlt;/Iandgt; Josh Waitzkin has long been the top-ranked player for his age in the United States and a role model for chess-playing kids everywhere. Now, for the first time, Waitzkin reveals the aggressive tactics and psychological techniques that have propelled him to the forefront of the chess world. His unique introduction to the game combines solid instruction with stories about his personal experiences that capture all the excitement and tension of playing chess at the championship level. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chessandlt;/Iandgt; presents nineteen different offensive strategies, progressing from the most elementary, including forks, pins, skewers, and double threats, to the more advanced and sophisticated moves used by the world's best players. Chapters such as Minor Traps, The Seventh Rank and the Pig, Mating Nets, and Quiet Moves in Attack show how anyone can develop a more aggressive and creative style of play. Each strategy is illustrated with examples taken from actual games Waitzkin has played, described with all the gusto and competitive intensity this young master brings to his craft. You can feel the heat of battle throughout this action-packed manual -- it's guaranteed to entertain and inspire all students of chess who want to learn how to emerge victorious from the black and white jungle.
Josh Waitzkin combines personal anecdotes with solid instruction in this unique introduction to the game of chess. Concentrating on teaching young or new players how to beef up their attacks, Waitzkin presents 40 different chess challenges. He introduces each problem with a brief description of the game from which it was drawn. 50 line drawings.
About the Author
Josh Waitzkin started playing chess at the age of six in New York's Washington Square Park, where he was discovered by Bruce Pandolfini, who became his teacher. He became a national master at thirteen and an international master at sixteen. He has won eight national scholastic championships and became the U.S. Junior Champion in 1994. Josh lives in New York City.