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  1. 30 Sep '10 12:39
    Please suggest a couple of fixed game positions to start from to explore this area a bit more.
  2. 30 Sep '10 12:40
    i like pawn
  3. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    30 Sep '10 12:52
    Karlsbad formation, Caro-Slav family...
  4. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    30 Sep '10 13:28
    Originally posted by Habeascorp
    Please suggest a couple of fixed game positions to start from to explore this area a bit more.
    I hope this does not come across as a "cop out" answer, but I think Hans Kmoch's Pawn Power in Chess is a great place to start.

    He begins with fundamental concepts about pawns and simple positions, then he progresses to more involved positions like what you would see in a middlegame.

    His nomenclature is messed up (he makes up fancy terms for simple things), but you can pretty much ignore that part and just absorb the content.

    I have read good things about Andy Soltis' book on pawn structures, but I have not read it myself.
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    30 Sep '10 13:31
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pawn_structure
  6. 30 Sep '10 13:50
    Originally posted by nimzo5
    Karlsbad formation, Caro-Slav family...
    I agree about the Caro/Slav, the structures might look very much alike (the black structure is identical) but don't forget that in the slav white has no c-pawn while in the caro he has no e-pawn! Taking games from these openings and comparing them illustrates what difference this makes and can help you get a feel for how pawn structures dictate plans for both sides.
  7. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    30 Sep '10 13:56
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    I have read good things about Andy Soltis' book on pawn structures, but I have not read it myself.
    it's great, I liked it very much.
  8. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    30 Sep '10 14:00
    The Soltis book is very good. I revisit it regularly.