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. “One of the few books which, at a glance, one can recognize as an immortal.” — Chess. Profoundly original discussion of pawn play isolates its elements and.

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Pawn Power In Chess by Hans Kmoch

Dan rated it liked it Mar 26, It isn’t just an occasional problem but runs throughout the entire book. No wonder they used to think people who play chess are clever!

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.

As for the now supersceded “descriptive” notation.

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. Basic relationships of one or two pawns constitute winning strategy. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Pawn Power in Chess

Soltis has chapters for various common structures which are arrived at from specific openings and I found the book very useful. Brian rated it it was ok Sep 17, Courier CorporationNov 1, – Games – pages. Mark Adkins Only Chess 08 Dec ’07 Originally posted by Mark Adkins I once came across this title in a used bookstore.


Mar 22, Ernest Cadorin rated it it was ok Shelves: As reasonably intelligent chess players hopefully not an erroneous presumptionfrom the beginning of your journey in chess you have been able to learn many new terms and concepts in order to be able to read and communicate about the game.

I own a copy but have only scanned it briefly as I prefer to work with the Dover, descriptive notation edition. We therefore use the alternate terms of home side for the castled side and ranger side for the uncastled side, distinguishing accordingly between home pawns and ranger.

Alun rated it really liked it Feb 06, How pawb earth has this chap managed to secure a kmocg of classical importance in the history and analysis of chess when, at best, only a handful of individuals have had the patience to suffer through his impossibly obscure prose?

Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch

The lack of the lee side is a disadvantage which often shows up in the endgame, in that a rim pawn draws where where an innerpawn would win. The day this book arrived was a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Finally, there was an algebraic edition of Kmoch’s book published in by American Chess Promotions. Profoundly original discussion of pawn play isolates its elements and elaborates on various aspects. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Originally posted by Mad Rook Maybe the book would make more sense after a few beers and several readings of Jabberwocky. Was this something containing the secrets of pawn play, or merely a collection of verbose truisms? I once came across this title in a used bookstore. Return to Book Page. Already today I’ve had generous servings of rye whiskey and yet the text remains as abstruse as ever. Account Options Sign in. Nevertheless, any reasonably serious chess player should be capable of easily learning descriptive notation.


Please turn on javascript in your browser to play chess. Published November 1st by Dover Publications first published January 1st I’ve read the books by both Kmoch and Soltis and I agree pxwn that Soltis’ book was far more useful. Samprabhu Rubandhas rated it it was amazing Apr 11, In the chapter to define what a combination is, 10 pages long. The point, and value of Kmoch’s terminology is that of attempting to improve the efficiency oawn communicating structures, positional concepts and ideas.

Sign up using Email and Password. 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. The anticipation of a sought after book finally satisfied.

Hans Kmoch played with distinction in several international tournaments and is the author of a number pawh books and columns on chess and chess tournaments. The latter coming within the general category of the former, it is necessary to make a sharp distinction. Reset password New user. Manoj Shrivastava rated it liked it Feb 01,