Queen Sacrifice (Anglais) Broché – 30 janvier 1991
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The Aim of the Sacrifice, In the Opening-Middlegame-Endgame, Not Just a Queen, The Path to the Goal, Logical Outcome or Chance Happening, Calculation and Evaluation, Positional Sacrifice and Classical Heritage are the main themes discussed with many sub-themes. There's also a test chapter at the end called It's Your Move.
Pretty nice book and always good to go back to if you feel your game needs some slight tweaking.
Have you ever asked yourself whilst playing a chess game, should I exchange my Queen for a rook, knight & pawn? How about just a rook & knight, how about two knights & a bishop or two rooks, how about for a knight, bishop & pawn or how about just a knight & bishop? Well, this book will give you some great examples of these types of positional sacrifices in appropriate situations. For many novices, they do not want to part ways with their Queen because it is such a powerful piece, however intangible compensation should be considered. Moreover, it is a way to throw off your opponent by creating a material imbalance, seizing the initiative & playing a truly dynamic game. Confusion reigns! Let's not forget that Kasparov has stated that chess is about a trade-off between material, quality & time. A positional Queen sacrifice can be seen as a trade-off by disadvantaging yourself in material, but potentially advantaging yourself in quality & time.
Is making this decision intuitive, made by experience or even calculation? This book sheds some light on that question as well.
I'm sure almost all chess players have seen examples of Queen sacrifices for a checkmate & there are examples of these in this book as well, but it is the positional sacrifices that to me are one of the most dramatic, exciting & fascinating aspects of chess. If you agree with me or I have picqued your interest, then this book is for you.
Unfortunately, because this book was published in 1991, some interesting examples have been ommited e.g. Ivanchuk vs Shirov (1996) in the Semi-slav Defence & Kasparov vs Kramnik (1994) in the King's Indian Defence. I highly recommend looking into these games as well because they too are extremely instructional.
Thank you Mr Neishtadt for your contribution in this field. I learnt a lot more than I expected, which is a good feeling!