Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Art of Sacrifice in Chess by Rudolf Spielmann

The Art of Sacrifice in Chess by Rudolf Spielman

Combinationa and Sacrifices provide one with the win in Chess. If one wants to be on the plus score in any chess tournements, you must have a basic understanding of the sacrifice in chess.

An excellent chess book that I am skimming thru is "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess " by Rudolf Spielman. A must for any amateur chess player under the USCF rating of 1800.

In this book Spielman has the book divided into three chapters titled: Sham Sacrifices, Real sacrifices, Exchange sacrifices.

In his introduction: "Various Types of Sacrifices " Spielman divides sacrifices into three groups: Positional Sacrifices, Sacrifices for Gain, Mating Sacrifices.

Here is a google link that previews the book. I am also including a few games from the book in Chess Flash format.

King Hunt Sacrifice Theme from the book "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess "


Sacrifice At The Castled King Position from the book "Art of Sacrifice in Chess "


To Be Continued with Part Two to include excerpts from the book and more Chess Flash games with some annotations from the book "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess" in a later post..........diamondback April 28, 2009


  1. This has always been one of my favorite books -- along with Shamkovich's "The Modern Chess Sacrifice." I think those books taught me a type of chess bravery that scored me many points.

  2. Mr. Michael Goeller:

    Spielman's book is a classic. I have a first edition that is dated 1951.

    Thanks for posting a comment. Your Blog "The Kenilworthian" is the Gold standard for Chess Blogs.

    Reading your chess blog and Atomic Patzer's orignal chess blog about one year started a chain reaction within me to start blogging about anything chess in August 2008 .....diamondback