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Understanding Pawn Play in Chess (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Drazen Marovic

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"The book would be an ideal study companion for an improving beginner or an average club play who wants to improve his/her handling of pawn structures" - Alan Sutton, En Passant

Chess owes its extraordinary depth to pawns. These humble pieces can take on many roles in the chess struggle. They can be blockers, battering-rams, self-sacrificing heroes, and can even be promoted to the ranks of royalty. On the other hand, if mishandled, they can be weak and provide targets for enemy attack. In this book, experienced grandmaster and trainer Drazen Marovic elucidates the pawn's multi-faceted nature. By investigating high-quality games from grandmaster practice, he provides the reader with an armoury of pawn-play concepts that will help him or her to make the right judgements at the board.

"Understanding Pawn Play in Chess, which features the superior production values typical of Gambit Publication books, can be recommended without reservation to all players between 1800-2200 and even those up to 2400 will find much of interest. " - John Donaldson, US Team Captain

Drazen Marovic is a grandmaster from Croatia, who has won medals as both player and trainer for various national teams. His pupils include Bojan Kurajica, World Under-20 Champion in 1965, and Al-Modiahki of Qatar, the first Arabian grandmaster.

"His writing is instructive, based on an excellent choice of games to stress his points" - GM Lubosh Kavalek, Washington Post

"GM Marovic utilizes all his experience as a GM and trainer to outline appropriate strategies associated with specific pawn structures: isolated pawns (specifically IQP), isolated pawn couples, hanging pawns, passed, doubled and backward pawns, pawn chains and pawn islands. This approach ... has of course been attempted before, but not, that I have seen, with such clarity as in this book" Jonathan Tait, BCCA

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 208 pages
  • Editeur : Gambit Publications (24 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00F289BU0
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  15 commentaires
48 internautes sur 52 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pawn Structure/Planning your Backbone of the game 8 octobre 2006
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
Often overlooked is the importance of preparing long term planning for not just the endgame, but the use of pawn chains, and even what is considered a weakness, doubled pawns being used as a "battering ram!" and opening a file. These are very important aspects of chess and what has been called the "backbone" of chess is often forgotten in light of only tactics. True, tactics books, trap books and opening books have a very important place and all should be studied. But the "use of pawns" should not just be a chapter in a book, it should be a couple volumes of books! If you are a beginner, even an lower end intermediate player you will get more results in studying tactic and chess traps. But Once you reach a solid intermediate level then you should start thinking more about the finer points of play. Now, I like the overall approach of "Understanding Pawn Play in Chess" but I think a few words (to say the least) were lost in the translation (it seems clear to me that the author's first language was not english), which is why, though I feel this is a good book, some of the important ideas were lost the the translation, and can be a little confusing. Solitis's "Pawn Structure Chess" is a good alternative. I also like going over complete game books such as, "Understanding Chess" and "Unbeatable Chess Lessons and More Unbeaable Chess Lessons" as ways to gain an understanding of all aspects of the game, including the critical use of pawns.
35 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A truly great book 24 juin 2004
Par reviewerparexec - Publié sur Amazon.com
This really is the current definitive work on basic pawn structures. It covers six main types with an extremely good range of games covering about 150 years of play.
There is a great index by opening so my suggestion is to use this in conjunction with your opening book. Because as you all know pawn structure is derived from the opening. Major openings covered include: Queens Gambit declined & accepted, French defense, Sicilian and Nimozo Indian. The explanations are easily understood and really get down to the point. In one game which covered the queen's gambit I was able to relate what I had learned from Saddlers coverage of the QGD Lasker defense to the isolated pawn game in Marovic's book. In addition the key blunder made by Vidmar was brilliantly explained by Marovic, it was not the pawn move g3 that was the cause of the problem but the subsequent later exchange of the white squared bishop. Overall all serious players must buy this book to cover pawn play. Do n't waste time on kmoch's obsolete "Pawn Power". I am looking forward to his other books. I have no doubt that any player below 2000 ELO will benefit from a 50 point increase in strength from reading this book.
23 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book for the advanced amateur 23 novembre 2006
Par Calvin Olson - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book uses complete games to examine pawn structures--their strengths and weaknesses. Marovic uses a conversational tone to explain important points and keeps analysis to the minimum needed to illustrate the explanation. In separate chapters he examines isolated pawns, passed pawns, doubled pawns, backward pawns and pawn-chains.

Marovic uses games from throughout the history of chess to illustrate his material and does a great job. I would recommend this book for players rated (USCF) from Class B and up, although rapidly advancing lower rated players would also benefit from reading the book as well.

The only thing that could make it better would be a few more diagrams.
20 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic - Every serious chess player should buy this book 1 août 2006
Par Chess amateur - Publié sur Amazon.com
Traditionally chess books are often grouped in the categories: opening, middle game and ending. Marovic's book "Understanding pawn play in chess" covers a very important topic in chess, which includes all the three phases of a game. It will help you little if you know the moves in the French opening, but you don't know how to handle the pawn chain from a French opening. Means how to attack the wedge and the base of the pawn chain. "Understanding pawn play in chess" will help you to do understand what to do with pawn chain. So if you want to extend your knowledge about pawn structures this is the book for you. The topics covered in this book are: isolated pawns, isolated pawn couples, hanging pawns, passed, doubled, backward, pawn chains and pawn islands.

One Minus with this book, is that the author and Gambitbooks could have used more diagrams for each game. You must always use the board when going through this book. With more diagrams describing the most interesting position for the pawn subject, the book would become more readable.
14 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Heir to Soltis 12 septembre 2007
Par Tom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having read the classic manual Pawn Structure Chess by Soltis, I was very interested to see how this book would stack up. I learned a lot from Soltis, and I hoped to expand my understanding about how pawn structures affect plans and strategy. I was not disappointed. Marovic uses many, many complete game examples, but his annotations are so succinct and clear as to make the large number of games effortless to get through. One thing he does well which is VERY hard for most chess authors is present the model games in a sequence in which their respective lessons build upon one another to deeply reinforce the concepts he's trying (and succeeding) to instruct. The one caveat, if you want to call it that, is that I think this book will be most helpful for people with an intermediate knowledge of openings, as the pawn positions discussed tend to reoccur in specific openings with specific piece placements. However, this shouldn't be a problem as I believe the intended audience is above 1600 USCF anyway, and should thus know the difference between a QGA and a QGD.
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