The Art of Attack. Section One (For Category One Members)

No chess player can hardly call themselves a chess player with out following through some of the most important classic games of the attacking masters.

Every aspiring chess player should be acquainted with the following sample of classic chess battles. The main theme in these brilliancies is the art of attack. All of the games feature liberal doses of sacrifices and combinations, the chess artist's main tools of his trade.

Steinitz was the first great player to make the transition from young attacking master to mature defensive master. And being a great chess thinker had asked himself what made an attack succeed?

Steintz thought, may be there is some form of superiority in the hands of the attacker before the first attacking move? After over 200 years of deliberation, he finally concluded, an attack against a solidly positioned opponent cannot succeed! A successful attack is nothing more than the correct exploitation of an exploitable weakness. It may be a king side weakness in the opoonent's camp or an edge in space or in development in a certain sector. Of course, this justification alone will not make a successful attack, but it is necessary for any real attack to proceed.

What you should be looking for in these games.

How a plan was developed for the transition into the Middlegame.
How the relationships of the elements of a attack depend on the pawn configuration and pawn structure.
Was the plan of play based on an imbalance, or some other basic chess principle?
Review our page The Point Count System to find the basis for critical candidate moves leading to the attack.
Try to guess the next move in critical tactical positions.
See if you can use your positional evaluation to out guess a combination.

Here you will find six of the most well known and most important of those games to show you how to use the principles of attack.

Bird - Morphy

Steinitz - Von Bardeleben

Alekhine - Lasker

Korchnoi - Udovcic

Fischer - Larsen

Christiansen - Foygel