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  1. 20 Jun '11 17:24
    does anybody have any knowledge of a good book on the subject in hand?
  2. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    20 Jun '11 17:48
    andrew soltis: pawn structure chess.
  3. 20 Jun '11 17:51
    Pawn Power in Chess Hans Kmoch
  4. 20 Jun '11 18:00
    Originally posted by hintjul
    does anybody have any knowledge of a good book on the subject in hand?
    Not to pry but I think a book on pawn structure would be a waste of your money... you're rating averages in the 1300s. It would be a bit beyond me so I assume(you being comparable to my strength) that it would be a bit beyond you also.
  5. 20 Jun '11 18:08
    Originally posted by MontyMoose
    Pawn Power in Chess Hans Kmoch
    I have this book. It;s a bit of a chore. He invents his own terminology for a start, so it's another language to learn almost. I'm nearer 1800 strength if that's any guide.
  6. 20 Jun '11 18:26
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    Not to pry but I think a book on pawn structure would be a waste of your money... you're rating averages in the 1300s. It would be a bit beyond me so I assume(you being comparable to my strength) that it would be a bit beyond you also.
    not so, Silman in his book reassess your chess, or is it the amateurs mind, cant remember, makes the rather pertinent observation that a six year old girl is capable of learning and applying positional concepts. I have read most of Soltis pawn structure chess and if you are prepared to work through games and think about the themes it will do anyone good. The worst thing that people at our level do is play with their pawns when they should be playing with our pieces, if your pawn structure is sound, leave it alone!
  7. 20 Jun '11 18:27
    Originally posted by greenerpawn
    I have this book. It;s a bit of a chore. He invents his own terminology for a start, so it's another language to learn almost. I'm nearer 1800 strength if that's any guide.
    I have two of the damned things, gave up after chapter three or something, was just so uninspiring a book.
  8. 20 Jun '11 18:29
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    not so, Silman in his book reassess your chess, or is it the amateurs mind, cant remember, makes the rather pertinent observation that a six year old girl is capable of learning and applying positional concepts. I have read most of Soltis pawn structure chess and if you are prepared to work through games and think about the themes it will do anyone g ...[text shortened]... ns when they should be playing with our pieces, if your pawn structure is sound, leave it alone!
    Well, Instead of ordering an endgame book(I canceled it because somebody ordered the last in stock just before I did) I ordered The Art of Attack In Chess and Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman

    The second one has a section on "The Seven Uses of The Pawn" and this will no doubt be more than good enough for me.
  9. 20 Jun '11 18:35
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    Well, Instead of ordering an endgame book(I canceled it because somebody ordered the last in stock just before I did) I ordered The Art of Attack In Chess and Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman

    The second one has a section on "The Seven Uses of The Pawn" and this will no doubt be more than good enough for me.
    thank goodness for that, that was quite fortunate, there's no way anyone could say that book would be enjoyable. Do you like Pachmans style of writing?
  10. 20 Jun '11 19:05
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    thank goodness for that, that was quite fortunate, there's no way anyone could say that book would be enjoyable. Do you like Pachmans style of writing?
    Yeah so far it isn't bad but I'm going to work through Vukovic's book first I think.
  11. 20 Jun '11 19:24
    thanks for your input guys.
  12. 20 Jun '11 20:35
    Originally posted by hintjul
    thanks for your input guys.
    chessmaster has an excellent group of studies on pawn structure.
  13. 21 Jun '11 14:00
    Originally posted by hintjul
    does anybody have any knowledge of a good book on the subject in hand?
    I recommend the following book on pawn structures, one of the few I've read from cover to cover.

    The Middlegame - Book I : Static Features (Algebraic Edition) (Bk. 1) [Paperback]
    Max Euwe (Author), H. Kramer (Author), Lou Hays (Editor)
  14. 23 Jun '11 20:27
    There's never anything wrong with sipping in chess culture, but I also think that 'pawn structures' are no topic for a rather low rated player.

    A Tactical puzzles book, endgame principles, understanding the openings you play all should come before.
    Did I mention TACTICS TACTICS TACTICS.