Many books provide training in how to round off a successful attack with a final combination, but that's really just the easy part. The difficult thing is to decide how and where to attack in the first place, and to build up the offensive without giving the opponent real counterchances. Larry Christiansen is highly respected by his grandmaster colleagues for his ability to conjure up dangerous attacking chances from almost any position. In this book he takes more than 50 real-life positions, breaks each one down into its key elements and explains the right strategy for conducting a successful attack. The examples are selected to illustrate a wide variety of attacking themes and to provide an instructive and accurate picture of how modern players attack and defend.

Grandmaster Larry Christiansen is one of the strongest American-born players of recent decades, and was part of the team that won the World Team Championship in 1993.

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"If sac, sac, mate is music to your ears, then buy this book... . This is the type of book that I would love to annotate my database with" - Mark Donlan, CHESS HORIZONS

"...hugely enjoyable. All examples have been analysed in scrupulous detail... an excellent manual" - GM Jon Speelman, INDEPENDENT

"GM Christiansen has produced a quite excellent book...full of ideas, and should broaden your thoughts and understanding as you look at the board" - Michael Blake, IECG WEBSITE

"...a true feast of initiative-based, dynamic, hard-hitting chess. It is also good to see a sparkling, modern selection rather than the same old classics that lovers of chess literature are so used to. The examples for Storming the Barricades are almost entirely drawn from the last three decades and even include games from 1999. It makes a fine textbook for attacking play for the new Millennium, especially for club-players and above" - GM Jonathan Levitt, CLUB KASPAROV

"Larry Christiansen has been renowned for more than 20 years as a fearless and redoubtable attacking player...I found it an easy and entertaining book to read" - Alan Sutton, EN PASSANT

"...entertaining and instructive... confirms the author's obvious enthusiasm for the game" - J J Walsh, IRISH TIMES

"Very highly recommended" - Bill East, AUSTRALIAN CHESS FORUM

"Christiansen reveals what he has studied to become a master tactician ... in contrast to many attacking books, Christiansen gives fresh examples from recent years, organising them according to attacking principles - GM Lubosh Kavalek, WASHINGTON POST

"...some fine examples of chessboard fireworks...another good book from GAMBIT" - Munroe Morrison, OPEN FILE

"Another high quality Gambit work" - IM Richard Palliser, CHESS MOVES