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Chess Books Reviews / Tal M., Damsky Y. Components of success (2005)

Tal M., Damsky Y. Components of success A few immodest subheading of this book ("ALL about attack, defence, counter-attack"), at once adjusted me in sceptical way and reminded the name of works of medieval authors as though "The complete vault of rules and exposure of all secrets of the ingenious game chess".

Fortunately, prejudice was quickly dispersed at the nearest acquaintance with the book. In principle, original, written indeed in a coauthor, there is only the first part "Attack". Two other ("Defence" and "Counter-attack", practically not complemented with new examples and tasks) - reediting of Y.V. Damsky work "Defence", published in 80th, therefore in this review speech is not about them.

High-quality educational chess literature on the theme of attack strikingly little, especially if to take into account the amount of appeals of different authors to this theme. Remembered above all things "Theory of victim" of R. Shpielman, "The sacriface in a chess" of L.Shamkovich, and perhaps, the second volume of M. Dvoretsky "School of highest skill".

The most works, authors of which tried to write textbooks on this difficult topic, built, as a rule, in one way: selection of the limited amount of examples of successful attacks, being a nomad from a book in a book, with a short analysis, also rewritten from other sources.

"Attack" is advantageously selected from the row of similar sort of "literature" by a clear structure, by a lung, enthralling style of exposition, by interest to the psychological aspect of chess struggle. As often, alas, even experiensed commentators forget, that behind a board fight not "fritses" with "rybka", but living people!

Authors avoided another fashionable "illness", already mentioned above: reprinting of "classic" games (Steynits-Bardeleben, Spassky-Avtonomov and others). Similar examples migrate from a book to book, migrate with them unfortunately analytical errors also... "Attack" generously illustrated by examples from creation of great M.Tsl, and here it is a not sign of vanity of author at all!

Certainly, not all in a book ideally: analyses are not deep enough, an attack in examples very triumphs above the resources of defence, but on the whole the first part of book "Components of success" can be recommended to reading, by beginnings chess-players especially, which undoubtedly will enjoy and benefit from its study.

Tal M.N., Damsky Y.V. Components of success. - Moscow.: RIPOL classic, 2005. - 512 p. - (Art of chess).

Roman Dobronovsky

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