A sacrifice, Sokolov argues, is the natural product of the initiative. This explains why the author devotes a substantial part of the book to this most elusive element of our game. With great clarity he teaches when the initiative is at stake and how you should grab it.
Ivan Sokolov is an International Grandmaster who was born in Bosnia in 1968 and rose to the number 12 spot in the FIDE world rankings. He was Yugoslav champion in 1988 and Dutch champion in 1995 and 1998.
In his rich career Sokolov has beaten world chess champions Garry Kasparov,Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand. His previous books The Strategic Nimzo-Indian, The Ruy Lopez Revisited and Winning Chess Middlegames were widely acclaimed bestsellers.
11 Part 1 Initiative
12 Chapter 1 Ignoring the Threat
23 Chapter 2 Keeping the Momentum
32 Chapter 3 Standard Attacking Plans
48 Chapter 4 Pawn Breaks
53 Chapter 5 Sensing the Moment
60 Chapter 6 Developing for Attack
74 Chapter 7 The Fight for the Initiative
83 Part 2 Sacrifice
84 Chapter 8 The King Chase
93 Chapter 9 The Castled King
142 Chapter 10 The Decoy Sacrifice
154 Chapter 11 King in the Centre
180 Chapter 12 The Sacrifice for Development
212 Chapter 13 Clearance Sacrifices
218 Chapter 14 Pawn Structure Sacrifices
229 Chapter 15 Unexpected Sacrificing Motifs
236 Chapter 16 Intuitive Sacrifices
251 Index of Names