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The art of sacrifice in chess
Spielmann, Rudolf.
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Richtig opfern! English
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New York : Dover Publications, 1995.
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viii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Originally published: New York : D. McKay Co., 1951.

Includes index.
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Central Library GV1450.3 .S6513 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"The beauty of a game of chess is usually appraised, and with good reason, according to the sacrifices it contains. On principle we incline to rate a sacrificial game more highly than a positional game. Instinctively we place the moral value above the scientific. We honor Capablanca, but our hearts beat higher when Morphy's name is mentioned." -- Introduction.
Perhaps the strongest Austrian-born grandmaster of the20th century, Rudolf Spielmann (1883-1942) defeated such world-class opponents as Nimzovich, Tartakower, Bogoljubov -- and even the great Capablanca. Among the reasons for his success was his mastery of the art of sacrifice. In this ground-breaking classic, distilled from 40 years of tournament play, he outlines the hard-won lessons that enable a player to win games by giving up pieces!
Drawing on dozens of his own games against such topflight players as Schlechter, Tartakower, Bogoljubov, Reti, Rubinstein and Tarrasch, Spielmann describes and analysis various type of sacrifices: (positional, for gain, mating) and real sacrifices: (for development, obstructive, preventive, line-clearance, vacating, deflecting and more). The result was the first systematic attempt to explain and exploit the theory of chess sacrifice; it remains an extremely helpful and useful weapon in the arsenal of chess players at every level.

Table of Contents

1 The Various Types Of Sacrifices
Sham Sacrifices 11 Positional Sacrifices
Example 1 Spielmann-Pirc, Match, 1931
Example 2 Spielmann-Schlechter, Ostend, 1906
Example 3 Pirc-Spielmann, Match, 1931 Sacrifices for Gain
Example 4 Bogolyubov-Spielmann, Magdeburg, 1927
Example 5 Spielmann-Muller, Ebensee, 1933
Mating Sacrifices
Example 6 Spielmann-Honlinger, Match, 1929
Example 7 Spielmann-Dr. Tartakover, Marienbad, 1925
Example 8 Spielmann-Grunfeld, Carlsbad, 1929
Example 9 Spielmann-L'hermet, Magdeburg, 1927
Real Sacrifices
Sacrifices For Development
Example 10 Schories-Spielmann, Scheveningen, 1905
Example 11 Dr. Bernstein-Spielmann, Ostend, 1906
Obstructive Sacrifices
Example 12 Spielmann-Landau, Match, 1933
Example 13 Spielmann-Honlinger, Vienna, 1933
Example 14 Spielmann-Bogolyubov, Match, 1932
Example 15 Spielmann-Walter, Trentschin-Teplitz, 1928
Preventive (or Anti-castling) Sacrifice
Example 16 Spielmann-Duras, Scheveningen, 1905 70
Example 17 Spielmann-Mieses, Match, 1910
Example 18 Mieses-Spielmann, Match, 1910
Example 19 Gereben-Spielmann, Sopron, 1934
Line-Clearance Sacrifices
Example 20 Spielmann-Flamberg, Mannheim, 1914
Example 21 Spielmann-Eljaschoff, Munich, 1903
Example 22 Spielmann-Griinfeld, Teplitz-Schonau, 1922 Vacating Sacrifices
Example 23 Spielmann-Janowski, Giuoco Piano, Carlsbad, 1907
Example 24 Spielmann-Reti, Abbazia, 1912 Deflecting or Decoy Sacrifices
Example 25 Spielmann-Forgacs, Hamburg, 1910 (Castled) King's Field Sacrifice
Example 26 Spielmann-Dekker, Bussum, 1934
Example 27 Leonhardt-Spielmann, Nuremberg, 1906
Example 28 Spielmann-Duras, Ostend, 1907
Example 29 Spielmann-Bogolyubov, Match, 1932
Example 30 Becker-Spielmann, Vienna, 1926
King-Hunt Sacrifices
Example 31 Rubinstein-Spielmann, San Sebastian, 1912 148 EXAMPLE 32: Spielmann-Rubinstein, Vienna, 1933 154
2 Sacrificial Value
The Exchange Sacrifice
Example 33 Dr. Treybal-Spielmann, Teplitz-Schonau, 1922
Example 34 Spielmann-Dr. Tarrasch, Carlsbad, 1923
Example 35 Spielmann-Dr. Tartakover, Munich, 1909
The Queen Sacrifice
Example 36 Spielmann-Maroczy, Vienna, 1907
Example 37 Spielmann-Moller, Gothenburg, 1920
Index Of Openings

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