On the Attack
The Art of Attacking Chess According to the Modern Masters
by Jan Timman
On the Attack
Publisher: New In Chess, 2006
Edition: Paperback large
The modern style of attacking chess explained to amateur chess players by a world famous grandmaster.
This book explains how to build up an advantage in the game and how to convert that advantage into an aggressive strategy and into great attacking moves. It teaches the best way to exploit weaknesses in the opponent’s position.
Timman has selected the most instructive attacking games of great players like Kasparov, Topalov, Karpov, Shirov, and Judit Polgar in order to explain to amateur chess players the basic ideas of modern attacks and their successful execution.
On the Attack will increase your imagination and your confidence, and will lead to more wins be cause you know when, where and how to attack in chess.
Jan Timman has for twenty years been one of the top players of the world. He contested many Candidates Matches for the world title. He wrote several highly acclaimed books, among which Chess the Adventurous Way, Power Play with Pieces, and Curaçao 1962. Jan Timman is editor-in-chief of New In Chess, the world’s premier chess magazine.
John Watson, The Week In Chess:
"Games are the essence of the book. Their selection is refreshingly original, unlike many other works that recycle highly-publicized contests (a fault of Garry Kasparov's 'Predecessor' series, for example) (...) We don't find the lengthy and convoluted analysis that is featured in most books about attack (...) Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended to every chess fan."
The Washington Post:
"A splendid collection of 33 games by leading modern grandmasters, plus 33 attacking fragments."
Harald Keilhack, Schach Magazine:
"Where Garry Kasparov likes to hide behind thick trees with variations, Timman always makes sure that the reader fully understands why the game develops the way it does."
IM Herman Grooten, Eindhovens Dagblad:
"The way Timman treats the games and puts them into a strategic perspective is very instructive."
British Chess Magazine:
"A well produced book by an author who never fails to impart some elements of his great erudition and insight."
Johan Hut, SchakersInfo:
"It is not about wild hackers making speculative sacrifices, it is about sound, correct attacking play. It is fascinating to read Timman's descriptions."
Elburg Chess Reviews:
"A collection of 33 sparkling attacking games all explained with a large amount of instructive text."
B.H.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad:
"A classic by Jan Timman."
Bill McGeary, ChessVille:
"The author is offering a special bit of magic to the reader: the magic of understanding what lies behind GM's moves. Attacking chess is certainly more than four-move checkmates or long involved tactical sequences. This book does a good job of bringing that to light."
"A good title for Class players who are looking to improve their attacking skills."
"Easy to understand, also for weaker players."
Paul Motwani, The Scotsman:
"I would warmly encourage you to buy the Dutch author's brilliant book."