Backward pawn, Straggler A half-free pawn on the second or third rank whose stop square lacks pawn protection but is controlled by a sentry. Basic duo A duo where one of the pawns constitutes the base of a chain. Buffer duo Two opposing duos facing each other with one rank in between. Candidate Unopposed or half-free pawn. Center lever A lever wholly within the two center files. Center pawn Pawn on the d- or e-file.

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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 by isolating its elements and elabora "One of the few books…which, at a glance, one can recognize as an immortal. This profoundly original and stimulating book by an International Master and prolific chess writer offers superb instruction in pawn play by 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 strategy, the reader is shown a multitude of examples demonstrating the paramount significance of elements of pawn manipulation. Hans Kmoch played with distinction in several international tournaments and is the author of a number of books and columns on chess and chess tournaments.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Pawn Power in Chess. Dec 30, Steven rated it it was ok Shelves: chess. Frequently considered a classic in chess literature, but I think it suffers too much from Kmoch's desire to create a comprehensive terminology for his theories about pawns. Full of insights, particularly once he gets to pawns and pieces, but organized too theoretically to be practically useful.

Also suffers from not being in algebraic notation. Oct 18, Gary Patella rated it it was amazing Shelves: chess. This book gives great insight into the strategies one should employ based on the type of pawn structure. Thematic tactics are also shown in certain structures, and the addition of illustrative games shows how the principles take shape in actual games.

There is a lot of information contained in this book, so I will have to read it again at some point in the future. Jul 30, Buffalonickel rated it liked it. If you can get by the author's unusual pawn jargon "candidates", "passers", etc. He is also slightly guilty in forgetting that we are not all strong chess players and lets his exercises get over the heads of those who are not chess masters.

Mar 01, Randy rated it really liked it Shelves: chess. Pawn Power Chess is the first book on pawn structures I've really studied.

I seriously studied it cover to cover, entering every game into a database and adding notes in every game and variation. That means it will hold a special place in my heart, like other classics people rave about but which might not actually be great. My System is the other book people go on and on about, but may only be awesome because it enlightened someone when they were young. I was turned onto this book by a video I w Pawn Power Chess is the first book on pawn structures I've really studied.

Kopec was enlightened by this book as a teen and clearly loved it. You can still buy the Kopec video streaming on Amazon. Warning: the production quality of chess videos from the early '90s is uniformly low and Kopec does not cover the book exactly but gives you a taste before you jump into a page book on pawn formations.

If you look on Amazon, you will see all the kids gripe about the descriptive notation. I would suggest that just playing over these games and examples is too passive to absorb this material.

If that's not true for you, then jump to a more advanced book. To make studying this book active rather than passive, go get the games in the book from a database like ChessBase or chessgames. Putting them into your own database, the 21st Century version of your "chess notebook" , where you can work with them hands-on.

Then the descriptive notation stops mattering. There is always the occasional situation when you realize why algebraic is better than descriptive, but when you have the PGN of a game in algebraic, it's not hard to figure out that BxN means Bxf6 when you are reading the annotation. The terminology Kmoch made up is much maligned, but it's not the main point of the book. The most common word used is lever and Kmoch didn't invent that. The games describing levers were very instructive for me.

There is a whole section relating the pawn structure to each of the pieces. This was very useful for me since it started to explain the problem of "where do the pieces want to be, based on the pawns".

From that part on, Kmoch's annotations are instructive and excellent. After seeing Nunn and others go back over classics with a computer, it is remarkable how accurate Kmoch's annotations are when compared to modern engines Komodo and Lc0. I think this has something to do with the immortal element of the pawns in chess.

Kmoch, like many teachers, occasionally falls into the trap of saying that a move which fits his idea is good or bad based on the game result when that might not be exactly true.

Despite the occasional explanatory liberty, the lessons still stand up today. What is missing from this book is good coverage of "Isolani" structures.

Kmoch skims the subject, but several books cover this structure exclusively and perhaps make up the second level of books to consider: Winning Pawn Structures and Isolani Strategy. Pawn Power In Chess is better than it's reputation, but not in the elite class of chess books, even if I will never forget having read it and recommend it to everyone.

Mar 22, Ernest Cadorin rated it it was ok Shelves: chess. Feb 15, Melanie Brennan rated it really liked it. I had to make a cheat sheet for the terminology, but the concepts were very helpful for me.

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Here are the fundamental elements of what you need to know about how to effectively use your pawns - primarily within the context of middlegame play. These complaints have the effect of putting off many who would otherwise benefit from reading this great book. The point, and value of Kmoch's terminology is that of attempting to improve the efficiency of communicating structures, positional concepts and ideas. In fact, I'm guessing that once one embraces the terminology and its concise efficiency of description, one's appreciate of it will grow. For example, when I come across the terms ram, lever, and duo, etc. As one reads the book, and the terms become more embedded in your chess vocabulary, the book becomes easier to read, and the lessons and concepts are more readily absorbed.


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Pawn Power In Chess by Hans Kmoch

By Hans Kmoch. This Dover edition, first published in , is an unabridged republication of the work first published by the David McKay Company, Inc. We wish to express our gratitude to Dr. Walter Meiden of the Department of Romance Languages of the Ohio State University for his careful reading of the English manuscript and for his numerous suggestions both as to subject matter and to style. The proper use of pawns, which is of paramount importance in chess strategy, sometimes puzzles even experienced players. Existing theory apparently offers insufficient guidance in certain respects.

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