The Art of Attacking Chess

Zenón Franco

Precio: 26,50 €. Páginas 256. Formato: 248 mm x 172 mm
ISBN-13: 978-1-904600-97-8 || ISBN-10: 1-904600-97-2. Idioma: Inglés

The Art of Attacking Chess

Crítica de Peter Doggers en


…Este libro de 256 páginas es el quinto libro de Zenón Franco para Gambit… Franco es un Gran maestro de Paraguay que vive en España…

¿Qué tiene Franco para ofrecernos? Bueno, “33 inspiradoras e instructivas obras de arte” es lo que la cubierta del libro dice, pero en realidad hay mucho más.
Muchas de esas 33 partidas tienen “Partidas suplementarias”, que contienen ejemplos del mismo tema cubierto en la partida principal.

Por ejemplo, con la Partida Nº 3 (Rivera-Ghaem Maghami, Calviá open 2006), sobre “El rey en el centro”, se ofrece la partida Carlsen-Kamsky, Copa del Mundo, Khanty-Mansyisk 2005, también con texto y variantes.

Y además de estas aproximadamente 50 partidas recientes comentadas, Franco también propone muchos ejercicios para el estudiante serio. ¡Algo que se puede esperar de un entrenador!, claro.

El libro está dividido en 6 capítulos:

  1. El Rey en el centro
  2. Enroque largo vs. Enroque corto.
  3. Ataques al enroque, Reyes en el mismo flanco
  4. Aprovechamiento de las ventajas temporales
  5. Los Alfiles de Horwitz
  6. Miscelánea (La fuerza del  Cf5, Maniobras con las piezas pesadas, El centro de peones)

Cada capítulo finaliza con aproximadamente 12 problemas.

El libro de Franco es un agradable añadido al abundante material que trata sobre el ataque en el ajedrez.

En primer lugar porque la mayoría de los ejemplos están tomados de partidas recientes, no menos de 26 partidas comentadas fueron jugadas después del año 2.000.

Los más recientes ejemplos incluyen a Carlsen-Radjabov, Biel 2007 y Karjakin-Van Wely, Foros 2007.

En segundo lugar porque Franco ofrece un alto nivel de análisis y de explicaciones verbales, aún sobre pequeños detalles posicionales, y esas son las partes que yo desde siempre más disfruté en los libros de ajedrez, un ejemplo…

(Aquí reproduce una parte de las explicaciones a la partida Isaak Boleslavsky - Igor BondarevskyURS-chT/Tbilisi 1951)…

Es altamente recomendable para ajedrecistas ambiciosos de digamos 1.900 a 2.300 de elo.

¿Por qué? Porque es un libro para estudiar, un libro que lleva su tiempo para asimilar. No es sencillo, pero bien trabajado, sin dudas, le hará progresar…

Nota: El libro será publicado en castellano por la Editorial Esphera, en principio en el año 2.009.

England Crítica en Chessvibes

…This 256 pages thick publication is Zenon Franco’s fifth book for Gambit – previous books include Chess Self-Improvement and Winning Chess Explained. Franco is a grandmaster from Paraguay who lives in Spain, where he was Paco Vallejo’s trainer between 1995 and 1999.

So what has Franco to offer? Well, “33 inspirational and instructive masterpieces” is what the book cover mentions, but it’s actually a lot more. Many of these 33 games have ‘supplementary games’ that contain examples of the same theme as shown in the main game. For example, with Game 3 (Rivera-Ghaem Maghami, Calvia open 2006), about the “king in, the center”, the supplementary game Carlsen-Kamsky, FIDE World Cup, Khanty-Mansyisk 2005 is given, by the way also with text and variations.

And besides these approximately 50 recent annotated games, Franco also offers many exercises, for the serious chess student. Something we can expect from a trainer, of course! The book is devided into six chapters (The King in the Centre, Opposite-Side Castling, Attacking the Castled King, Exploiting Temporary Advantages, Horwitz Bishops and Miscellaneaous Themes - The Power of the f5-Knight, Manoeuvring with the Major Pieces and The Pawn-Centre) and every chapter finishes with about twelve diagrams.

Franco’s book is a pleasant addition to the abundance of available material that focusses on attacking chess. Firstly, because the game examples are almost all taken from recent tournament practice: no less than 26 of the annotated games were played after the year 2000. The most recent examples include Carlsen-Radjabov, Biel 2007 and Karjakin-Van Wely, Foros 2007.

Secondly, Franco gives high-level analysis with lots of verbal explanation, even about small, positional details – and such are the parts I always enjoy most in chess books. An example:

Isaak Boleslavsky - Igor Bondarevsky [C99]
URS-chT/Tbilisi 1951

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 Bb7 14. d5 Boleslavsky comments that since Black has opened the position somewhat with 12. ..cxd4, White has the possibility of playing on both wings, albeit in a limited way, because the position remains relatively closed. For this reason, White's move might appear inconsistent but, as is almost always the case, there is not just one single important factor in the position. With this advance, the b7-bishop is blunted, which is always an idea to consider, and at the same time the mobility of the a5-knight is somewhat restricted. The alternative was the natural 14.Nf1. 14... Bc8! Before taking any other decision, Black solves his most obvious problem. 15. Nf1 White had other moves. Another factor to consider was, as we indicated above, to position of the a5-knight; 15.Rb1 and 15.b3 have been played here, based on a similar idea, as we shall see. In the game Karjakin-Radulski, Calvia Olympiad 2004, White continued 15. b3 Bd7 16. Rb1 This move is designed to reply to 16... Nb7 with 17. b4 depriving Black of the use of the c5-square, and after 17... a5 it is possible to support the b4-pawn with 18. a3 since now there is no pin on the a-file.

This isn’t the thing you’d expect in an attacking manual, now would you? No, there’s actually much more to learn from The Art of Attacking Chess. It’s highly recommended for, I’d say, ambitious chess players between 1900-2300 Elo. Why? Because it’s a book to study, a book that takes a lot of time to digest. It’s not easy, but working your way through it will surely pay off…


GM Kavalek - Washington Post

"An Impressive Book
Readers unfamiliar with the works of Zenon Franco have plenty of catching up to do. The grandmaster from Paraguay, who now lives in Spain, wrote three excellent books for Gambit Publications. After Chess Self-Improvement and The Art of Attacking Chess, Franco recently came up with Grandmaster Secrets: Counterattack! His discussion of the delicate subject on how to bounce back from difficult positions is both enjoyable and instructive. One can still learn a lot from Emanuel Lasker's tenacity in defense and José Raul Capablanca's art of simplification, but examples of modern players, such as Kramnik and Carlsen, are also presented. Overall, it is a great book for tournament players." - GM Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post

"...the author knows not only his historical but also his contemporary sources, and is able to introduce a topic (not only counterattack, but also psychology in chess) in a subtle but compelling way. ... the book consists of much more than just classic games. It's a guide to all possible ways of countering an attack, such as simplification and prophylaxis, logically ordered by theme, each followed by lots of good exercises. ... a truly interesting book not only for people who want to improve their game, but also for those who simply like classic games analysed by a contemporary grandmaster. ... depth and insightful explanations go hand in hand." - Arne Moll,

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