KMOCH PAWN POWER IN CHESS PDF

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.

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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. Kopec was enlightened by this book as a teen and clearly loved it.

You can still buy the Kopec video streaming on Amazon. 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.

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. 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".

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.

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