Paperback · 368 pp.
Quality Chess · November 2011
Grandmaster Lev Psakhis enumerates the
prerequisites for good tournament results in
his preface: sensible opening knowledge,
common sense, an understanding of the strategic
laws of chess, good endgame play, precise
calculation of variations two to four moves deep,
and a flair for the attack.
He goes on to clarify the objectives of this
book. This is for serious students in the
2000 to 2600 range, and the subject matter
is the attack! He conveys the lessons
by analysis of the games of great attacking legends. Eight chapters divide the material
by opening or pawn structure, followed by
Exercises. We get a generous helping of the wizardry of Mikhail Tal in this opus. Puzzle positions are sprinkled throughout the book
to keep the reader engaged.
Born in Russia in the heyday of Soviet Chess,
Lev Psakhis is an Israeli Grandmaster. He is two
time winner of both the Soviet Championship and
the Israeli Championship. Psakhis is a renowned
coach who has worked with many top players including Garry Kasparov and the Polgar sisters.