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Bxh7+ (Book Review) + Morphy Mate Winner

Is how Vukovic starts of Chapter 6 in The Art of Attack in Chess printed in 1965.
There followed 30 pages of some of the best advice and guidance seen in any chess book.

44 years later David Rudel takes this one theme and tools up the reader.

ISBN 1-888710-37-3
There si no price on cover but you can pick it up from here.

Bxh7+ Link to Retailer

There is also anorther review and sample pages from the book at the above link.

The back of book blurb carries this warning.

Which is a very honest and fair statement.
Some authors and publishers re-hash the same old material again and again
and never hint to a reader that they are buying the same thing.

So I shall review this book as a stand alone sale and ignore the other book.
If that opening interests you then get that book instead and not this one.
The author is telling you that you do not need both.

Reviewers first question:
Should this chess book have been written?

We are talking about one tactical theme here. Bxh7+, The Greek Gift,
The Classical Bishop Sacrifice, The Bishop Whammo on h7.

Andrew Martin writes:

"All players at whatever level should be fully conversant with the classical Bishop Sacrifice on h7."

And we recall that Vukovic dedicated a whole chapter and 30 pages to it.

OK. But again I asked:
Should this chess book have been written?

I can get everything I need to know about Bxh7+ from Vukovic and other
books of that kind. So should this chess book have been written?

And that is what I fear for this book.
The sneering know-all at the book stand. We have all seen them.

"Why do I need this? What is there to know? Bxh7+ Ng5+ and Qh5 and it's all over."

So if that's your way of thinking skip the next bit and go and see who
won the Morphy Mate in 2 Competition. I'll even put a wee link on for you.

Go And See The Morphy Competition Results

Good you are still here.

Chapter One warns you that this sacrifice is often missed or when it is played,
it gets screwed up or should never have been played in the first place.

Indeed a lot of the examples are missed shots or poor follow ups.
But more about the examples later.

The book is well put together with a clear nice sized font and clear diagrams.

Rudel writes to the point, he entertains, slips in a gag or two
and the whole thing is a very pleasant experience.

In each chapter the author gives you the sign posts to look out for when
you have a chance to play Bxh7 or are defending a potential Bxh7 attack.

Clearly explained with examples and metaphors for effect.

The Knight Assassination Attack
The Impending Doom Attack
The Lead Pipe Clinch

You will be amazed at all the tell-tale signs there are in a Bxh7+ position
to give you a clue as to whether or not is it sound.

Is the f8 Rook defended by another piece?
Can the c1 Bishop 'see' h6?
Can White prevent a Knight from going to f6?
Is there an undefended piece on d6?

Are just a handful of critical questions covered in this book.

Now some may be thinking.

"I always play Bg2 so I never have a Bishop on the Greek Gift Diagonal."
OK - here is your link to the Morphy Mates.

Go And See The Morphy Competition Results

He's gone.

What about when you are Black.?

This book shows you how avoid falling for a Classical Whammo
and perhaps tempting your opponent into saccing unsoundly.

There is infact very little reading. The meat of the book is taken up with exercises.

Oops. There go the under 1600 players.

Go And See The Morphy Competition Results

Anything that sounds like a bit of work and they are off.

Dave has researched this book well.
He tells you what to look for, gives some examples and then drops
you off onto the exercises. There are 116 of them.

"These are easy. the first move is always Bxh7+"


First of all if any budding author is planning a chess book that
has exercises in them then follow the Rudel way.

In the solutions he gives the opening moves that leads you into
the critical position. This is important for the student.

They will see that this sac can come from all kinds of opening moves
and at the same time it gives them ideas and opening plans to follow.

Here is a photo-copied example.

First the puzzle itself.

The solution page with the details and opening moves.

Solution and Analysis.

(you see it's not always about mating the King.)

And what actually did happen in the game.

You get this full explanation for each puzzle.

Yes this book should have been written.
The author knows his subject well and has explained
it in an entertaining and instructive manner.

One should learn all the salient points about this sacrifice.
(I did two exercises from each section and failed in one.)

You should always be doing tactical puzzles to keep your eye in.
This book has some wonderful examples both for the attacker
and for the defender. Buy it not only to bone up on the theme
but as a tactical training tool. It is a very good book.

Recommended but see the back of book blurb (above).

Winner of the Morphy Mate in Two Competition.

I asked for a mate in two composed from the position
of the Black pieces in the famous Morphy Picture.

Black King on f7. Black pawns on d6 & e5.

The moves had to be moves played by Morphy in any of his games.

Keith Ruxton was sent all the entries.

1st. A lad by the name of Swiss Gambit from Red Hot Pawn.

Keith liked this because it is was the hardest to solve
and has a variety of different mating patterns.

I liked it because it was by far the toughest and the
Key move is from a game Morphy lost!
So Morphy lost the game but won the puzzle.

2nd and Honourable Mention. Ian Jamieson

I liked this and so did Keith due to the economic use of material.

So I am putting together the Chandler Cornered Goody Bag and
have to send it to America. I'll take a photo of it's contents
before it goes.

Thanks to all the entries. Quite a few actually.

Here are the Key first Moves.
No.1 1.b5
(note all the b5 moves for White that Morphy lost were odds games).

No.2 1.Qd5

Morphy played Qd5 in few games but first see this.

[Click here to replay the game]
An Old trap

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Kg8 8.Qxd5+ Qxd5 9.Bxd5+

And now we see the same mating pattern but on the other side of the board.

Morphy - N.N. New Orleans 1850.
Morphy, then 17, plays at Queen's Rook odds - just pretend it's not there.

[Click here to replay the game]
Morphy - N N

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Nce7 9.0-0 c6 10.d4 exd4 11.Re1+ Kd7 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 cxd5 14.Qxd5+ Kc7 15.Bf4+ Bd6 16.Qc5+ Kb8 17.Qxd6+ Qxd6 18.Bxd6

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