- Publisher: Quality Chess (2018)
- ISBN-10: 1784830518
- ISBN-13: 978-1784830519
- Package Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Small Steps to Giant Improvements- Master Pawn Play in Chess
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In chess you cannot take your move back, but you can always return a misplaced piece to its former square at the cost of some time. Pawns on the other hand can never move backwards, making pawn moves truly permanent decisions.
This irreversibility makes Pawn Play among the most difficult aspects of chess strategy, which is one reason few books have been written about this topic – and some that have are almost incomprehensible. Double Olympiad gold medallist Sam Shankland has gone the other way – breaking down the principles of Pawn Play to basic, easily understandable guidelines every chess player should know. Shankland starts with extremely simple examples, but then lifts the level, illustrating the universality of the book’s guidelines by showing how grandmasters could have made better decisions by using them.
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This book teaches you that, is very readable, and has a nice layout.
Not to mention Shankland won the US Championship finishing ahead of even Caruana, so who wouldn't want to know what he has to say on the topic.
The way Shankland writes this book is really superb, you wouldn't be dissapointed at all if you ordered the hard-cover and studied it starting next week.
This book was not specifically made for beginner level players, and they may complain his style is still too complicated, however if you have somewhat a knack for algebraic, you should not have trouble reading and working through this great book.
How great is it? It's like Master Class good, and I've reviewed a ton of chess books on here. from an A-Z rating, A-being the best ever, it is at least a Class C book or higher, meaning if you have any knowledge of chess you will benefit from reading it. I cannot say anything less of the book, you just have to take your time with it.
The formatting style is excellent, Shankland really put the time into this book to write it well.
To better help the people who cannot actually see the book, there are about 4 sections of about 5 chapters each, so about 20 chapters within the book help guide the player through different areas of strategy and pawn play. It is really a great layout as far as I can tell. He starts out really basic and then uses more complicated positions and diagrams to help explain the ideas, maxims, or motifs behind the moves in the games, which is layed out in the beginning of the chapter for the reader.
Yes, this book is good, but it requires constant study and revision, like it may take a few months to at least fully digest the material for the first time. And then you may find yourself going back and reading it. This is why I think the hardcover version may be a time-tested and very solid purchase, as well as being worth more money than an original paperback, which is supposedly to be released the November of this year.