Pawn sacrifices are incredibly common in chess games, and yet curiously they have been neglected in literature... until now.
In this pioneering work, Timothy Taylor carries out an in-depth study of this major subject. Using an abundance of instructive examples, Taylor uncovers the secrets of pawn sacrifices, highlighting the many reasons for their success and indicating the ideal situations in which pawn sacrifices work, as well as those cases in which they are not so effective.
Taylor's inspiration for (pawn) sacrifices comes from the classic 'The Art of Sacrifice in Chess' (Rudolff Spielmann, 1935) ass well as the pragmatic view to sacrifices from Fritz and his family. The result is an original work organized around examples along the methodology of Spielmann, and the pragmatic (if not sceptical) views by Fritz 9 on these example. All penned down by the amused author himself.
The ability to handle pawn sacrifices is one of the most important skills in chess, and enhancing this skill will undoubtedly improve your understanding and results. This book will show you how to do this.
Taylor recognizes the following 12 categories of real pawn sacrifices, from the 8 categories that Spielmann had originally described:
1) King Attack
2) Line Opening
5) Pawn Cracker
8) Two Bishops
10) Charge Up