- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Gambit Publications (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1901983315
- ISBN-13: 978-1901983319
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding Pawn Play in Chess Paperback – October 1, 2000
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About the Author
Drazen Marovic is a grandmaster from Croatia, who has won medals as both player and trainer for various national teams. His pupils include Bojan Kurajica, World Under-20 Champion in 1965, and Al Modiahki of Qatar, the first Arabian Grandmaster. Marovic has a wealth of experience as a writer, editor, and television commentator on chess. He is currently the trainer of the Croatian national team.
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The best thing about it are the examples Marovic gives. He mixes games from the classics (Capablanca, Alekhine, Rubinstein and others)with present days great players, like
Kramnik, Shirov, Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov.
Therefore the reader can see the treatments of the same structures over a period of a century.
The book, as always with the subject, is divides by themes, like Isolated Pawns, Hanging Pawns and so on.
After this one I bought all the other from the same author, where he uses the same method, of mixing classics and contemporary games.
A great book for all club players.
I don't like wasting time with reviews, but I'm here because I'm that frustrated with this book. I'm in the A class, so I would think that I can follow this book.
Here are my frustrations broken down, which has been impeding my learning:
(1) This book needs to quit with the "It is hardly necessary to mention that..." Yet he mentions it anyway. To my horror, I found this unnecessary utterance, a waste of text, valuable to me. In fact, I wish there were more of these unnecessary, petty comments. I don't like this author's attitude. His writing is pretentious, and I know the reason why it's pretentious; he is trying to cover up his lack of any teaching skills. These are really just annotated games, and the instructions / even annotations herein are skimpy. It reminds me of those bad opening books pre-Starting Out series. I love Lev Alburt's way of teaching for example. And I love any author in general who takes the time to explain any assertion (it adds credibility and is just what a good teacher would do).
(2) Roughly around the same idea, I would have liked instructions broken down into maxims and diagrams with arrows pointing everywhere. We don't need to excel at the art with color-coded, advanced memory psychology, but wow, please learn to teach. Repeatedly again, I would like some Jeremy Silman-influenced instruction, not this neophyte of a teacher's grandmaster luster, loaded with assumptions and arrogance. Books are about communication, and the more a book exiles rather than enlightens or includes, the more of a failure this book is.
To be fair, Marovic does indeed give maxims at the end of the chapter, but they're simple and could have been worded better. But these maxims come last, at the end of the chapter. Please, the maxims first, then the demonstrations, and please, bridge the connection between the maxim's logic and the demonstration of this logic with clearer annotations and illustrations. His jargon is close to a lawyer, as he tries to build up to a "Therefore, we can assume at this point that isolated pawns are rendered weak when immobile" (these are my words imitating his style). Once again, this is arrogance designed to exclude unnecessarily, rather than include the curious, learning mind. Can anyone see how this is annoying? I wanted something more advanced than Jeremy Silman, but I must admit about Silman, his style is impeccable, especially his Silman's Complete Endgame Course. These are examples for this author to digest, when he can get past his solipsism. When this happens, I'll be ready to sit with this author and absorb some of his thoughts, now enclosed in a little bubble of people who has the gift to understand his convolution. Man, I really wanted an update to Kmoch's or Andrew Soltis's book on pawns. Those classics needed an update, a modern take. And this book fails at that.