In my opinion Hans Kmoch’s Pawn Power In Chess is an immortal classic of the chess literature, and every serious chess player would do well. Pawn Power in Chess has 89 ratings and 6 reviews. Gary said: This book gives great insight into the strategies one should employ based on the type of paw. Chess. Profoundly original discussion of pawn play isolates its elements and Hans Kmoch played with distinction in several international.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower powe The proper use of pawns — of paramount importance in chess strategy — sometimes even puzzles experienced players. This profoundly original and stimulating book by an International Master and prolific chess writer offers superb instruction in pawn play powet isolating its elements and elaborating on various aspects. After a lucid exposition of the fundamentals and the basic formations of one or two pawns that virtually constitute the keys to winning chess ppawn, the reader is shown a multitude of examples demonstrating the paramount significance of elements of pawn manipulation.
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Please try again later. Very good coverage of Kings Indian and Benoni formations.
This book uses some non-standard chess terminology that sometimes confuses as much as it clarifies. Know what a pawn lever and pawn ram are? The author does a reasonable job of presenting ideas, but I feel that some of the terminology doesn’t translate into English well from the native German.
Much of the book’s criticism is often responded to with “You really should read it in German! I think I could excuse the language if I felt that it made the examples either stick in memory better or revealed deeper explanations. As it is, Chess prefer pawn islands, isolated pawns, connected pawns, and passed pawns to pawn levers, pawn rams, and pawn duos. At the end of the day, I’d like to be able to discuss what I have learned with others, and unless they have read Hans Kmoch or you have read the more widely accepted definitions, apwn communication between enthusiasts will be harder than it needs to be.
Reading the book will increase play strength assuming that you haven’t internalized these ideas in other formsbut it predates the modern focus on chess dynamics. In some ways this dynamics is in the book and predates wide acceptance of dynamics. The pawn levers topics discuss when two opposing pawns are placed pwoer either may capture.
These levers are a big portion of the work, and studying them has real merit. Pxwn perspective may not be so thoroughly covered by other authors, but the concept of duo connected pawns is widely recognized now. Entire books have now been written quite well about isolated pawns. To be fair, there is much to powet recommended. Master this book, chesd your play is bound to improve.
Another consequence of its age is that it uses descriptive chess notation rather than algebraic. Kkoch is a minor sticking point for younger readers, and perhaps no issue at all for older readers. Overall, as competition with other works increases, I find it harder and harder to recommend this book.
I do recommend it, but with qualification. When I was 20 years younger and my rating was points lower but I feel as though my play was X more interestingI continually ran into folks who said that they really advanced their game by reading Pawn Power in Chess. Finally, I got around to reading it. It has some really useful insights into how to think about pawn chains. I didn’t find that it had the miracle cure for their rating that those who recommended the book apparently hanw, but it’s mkoch to see a systematic way of thinking about pawn structure in a simple guide, even if the Benoni structures given much attention here are not structures that appear much in my simple-minded games.
A good read, an interesting concept, not quite a religious revelation. This book has lots of good info that is not contained in many other books. If you are serious about improving your game this book will help.
Hxns only gave it 4 stars because I thought the writing style wasn’t very good. The author went out of his way to make the reading as difficult as possible. Excessive use of big words and weird phrasing make it ij slow read.
Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch
I think this book would benefit from having a few editors clean it up and then re-release it as a second edition.
I would not recommend this to younger readers just because of how slow and difficult the reading is. 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 outcome of war against apparent odds, makes it a must read. It is a ‘painful’ and demanding read nevertheless, that forces to reader to venture out of his comfort zone to adapt to the analysis and lingo of the author.
I have read many chess books. As my rating is only in the ‘s I am by no means an expert. I am however a person who enjoys chess, studies chess, and wants to know more. I am also a person that is not so committed that I want to drag out a chess board and study every possible variation of a position. When I look for chess books I look for ones that are easy to read focusing on concepts more than variations.
For this reason I really enjoyed Silman’s Endgame Course. Probably the most impact for the buck on your game. However I’ve learned that the player who understands Pawn Structure is better prepared.
Pawn Power In Chess by Hans Kmoch
It guides you, shows you a plan of action, sets you up for success, etc. Understanding End Games and Pawns are the keys to winning! This book is good. It provides the concepts of Pawn Play.
It is easy to understand without too many variations to dig through. The only negative is that he first creats his own vocabulary for you to follow. At first it is daunting to learn so many new terms, but there hns a method to his madness. I should not have bought Soltis’ book on Pawn Structures. Reason being this book is so very good — buying any other would be waste of money.
If you don’t believe mecompare the pages of this book review the pages u can with the one from Soltis. You will see the difference right away. This book will help u in openingmiddle game and end game.
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Soltis just helps u in opening and that too if u open with specific ones. This book covers general concepts that u can apply anywhere. In chess concepts are way more important than memorization.
U cannot learn everything in chess u can only get basic concepts and play according to them. U r missing out on something special in chess — better than Nimzowich’s My System!!
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