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Pawn Power in Chess (Dover Chess) Paperback – November 1, 1990
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Here's the truth about this book. This book will give you a firm grasp of how to play the pawns in chess, and it will give you ideas about what your plan should be based on the pawn structure. The bad reviews that other people have given this book is because they weren't serious about digging into this book and finding the treasures that are in this book. Having said that, that is the main drawback of this book. It is a little bit advanced. If you are a beginner you would be MUCH better off buying a book about tactics and doing tactical problems.
The other knock on this book is that Kmoch invents some of his own names for variuos themes (such as calling doubled pawns 'twins') which was a little bit annoying to me, but it isn't too bad once you get used to it.
Overall this is a very good book. It's not an easy read, but if you are past the basics in chess, but not yet a master, and you seriously want to improve your chess, then get this book, sit down, dig through the material, and STUDY this book. If you study this book and really understand what it's saying about pawn play, it will improve your game dramatically. I know exactly how some of the other posters here feel, because I felt that way the first time I read this book.Read more ›
Explores how the pawn structure provides the basis for the standard themes in each type of position and how it should influence planning and strategy in the handling of the middlegame resulting from various openings. Gems of wisdom regarding when the pawn structure is favorable to each piece, how the pieces relate to the structure, and initiating changes in the pawn structure are scattered throughout the text.
This is a great reference for any player, but probably of most value to those with a fair or better command of piece play and tactics and an established repertoire of openings who want to raise their games a notch, or more - club and tournament players who are moving up past 1500 and beyond.
This is an older book presented in descriptive rather than algebraic notation and Kmoch uses a unique terminology, but neither fact should be an issue for anyone with the brain power to perform chess analysis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not in algebraic format. I'm sure it's very good from the reviews I've read but there are many books with modern notation you can read much easier. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Goewey
Sometimes a book has great content, but the presentation makes the material inaccessible to the reader. That is the main issue with Pawn Power in Chess. The material is great. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lee J. Pelletier
The book clearly explains the basic ,important(but often ignored) aspects of pawn play. Apart from the annoying nomenclature (which you will get used to), this is an excellent... Read morePublished 23 months ago by nirmal
This book is a classic for a reason.
Its focus on the pawn structure in the game of chess, or more generally, the creative and asymetric aspects that often determine the... Read more
it seems like this person has decided to change the terminology for everything that is used in chess..why? I have no idea... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by mark P murtha
This reprint of a chess library standard use notation written in the 1950's (b6 is the same as KB3). Every modern chess term has been renamed including the color of the squares. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Ron Strong