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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Review: Pawn Sacrifice!

Pawn Sacrifice! is devoted to what IM Timothy Taylor refers to as “real” sacrifices. He explains, “A real sacrifice is by definition incalculable: the player ventures a real sacrifice based on various positional considerations, or psychological considerations, without any idea if or when he will get the material back.”

“What interests me,” Taylor writes, “are the courageous, imaginative sacrifices that involve risk and have no clear result. This, to me, is really playing chess!” He provides sixty-seven complete games with an interesting method of analysis; at the point of the pawn sacrifice in question, Taylor examines it from three different perspectives: ...

Read the full review for the next week at the ChessCafe main book review page. It is also permanently archived here.



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