One Move And You're Dead! chooses the most dynamic and destructive tactical patterns, positions where the winning move forces instant checkmate, resignation or decisive advantage. Quite often such climaxes are the result of sustained and prolonged attacking pressure, and the final move may be make or break, where the winner has already burnt boats by sacrificing material. You have to choose the one move that causes the destruction of your partner.
Erwin Brecher was educated in Vienna, Czechoslovakia and London, where he studied physics, economics and engineering. He entered business after World War Two and became a Name at Lloyds of London in 1974. He has written some 22 books on nonfiction subjects, including many chess, bridge and puzzle books. He is a member of Mensa. Leonard Barden studied history at Oxford and has made a career of playing and writing about chess. He was British co-champion in 1954 and was Bobby Fischer's partner in the only consultation game Fischer ever played. In the 1970s Barden was a presenter on the Master Game series on television, he advised Lloyds Bank on its chess sponsorship and administered the British national Grand Prix. He managed the junior England squad in the 1970s and 1980s when the country produced a record number of grandmasters. He has written chess columns for the Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Financial Times for over 50 years.