Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch – Glossary of Terms. uri Jun 6, #1 . I don’t remember where I’ve found it and who is the author but he definitely did. 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. “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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Please turn on javascript in your browser to play chess. Public Forums Search Recommended. Mark Adkins Only Chess 08 Dec ’07 I once came across this title in a used bookstore. I very much wanted to get it because the idea of a book devoted to pawn play — a subtle but very important aspect of chess — is something that I need to improve in my own play like so many things. The problem was that the author has invented his own nomenclature, which is eccentric, sesquipedalian, and not surprisingly has yet to be adopted by any other chess writers.

Pawn Power In Chess by Hans Kmoch

It isn’t just an occasional problem but runs throughout the entire book. It just wasn’t worth the effort for me, and made it difficult to even assess the actual content of the book. Was this something containing the secrets of pawn play, or merely a collection of verbose truisms?

Apparently a re-issue is in the works but instead of cleaning it up they seem determined to further muddy the linguistic waters: Originally posted by Mark Adkins I once came across this title in a used bookstore. The problem was that the author has invented his own nomenclature, which is eccentric, sesquipedal Pawn structure chess by Soltis is supposed to be a very good book along the same lines. Or at least I didn’t notice such a statement.

Did I miss something? Anyway, I haven’t read PPIC, but everyone I’ve talked to including the reviews I’ve read seem to think that the book is so good that it’s worth wading through the arcane terminology. Originally posted by ;ower Pawn structure chess by Soltis is supposed to be a very good book along the same lines.

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I’ve read the books by both Kmoch and Soltis and I agree completely that Soltis’ book was far more useful. Kmoch got the “props” because it was the first of it’s kind, but it is a very generalized book with a lot of bizarre terminology, most of which was never adopted by the chess world though a few terms were e. Soltis has chapters for various common structures which are arrived at from specific openings and I found the book very useful. Another good book with this theme but with a much narrower scope is “Winning Pawn Structures” by Baburin, which only deals with IQP positions.

Thanks for the link for the glossary. I’ve recently bought this book and have been put off by the terminology described in the first chapter. I’ll take another look Originally posted by Mad Rook I’m confused. A quick scan led me to believe that the title was to be reissued for its 50th Anniversay in a special addition which would add bonus material — the “new pages”. The day this book arrived was a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

The anticipation of a sought after book finally satisfied. The evocative nature of the opening paragraphs followed by this: Lee and luff taken as a measure, we have what we call innerpawns and rimpawns.

A rimpawn ordinarily called a rook pawn, has no lee side, covers only one square insead of two and is consequently inferior to an innerpawn. 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. Examples to the contrary are exceptions. It is usual to maintain the terms Q-side and K-side throughout the game, but they virtually fail to make sense when castling on the queenside has occurred.

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. A half free pawn with inadequate help is no true candidate but a faker.

In the position of PQ4 vs PK3, for instance, both pawns a fakers, each on lacking the necessary helper.

PKB3; this helper needs a helpers helper, e. PKB2, which assures the consecutive crossing of K5 and Q6. No wonder they used to think people who play chess are clever!

Originally posted by Mahout The day this book arrived was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Lee and luff taken ive crossing of K5 and Q6. Superbly expressed, my dear fellow. mkoch

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But we mustn’t forget this excerpt from page How on earth has this chap managed to secure a place 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? Originally posted by Mark Adkins Superbly expressed, my dear fellow. Maybe the book would make more sense after a few beers and several readings of Jabberwocky. Originally posted by Mad Rook Maybe the book would make more sense after a few beers and several readings of Jabberwocky.

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Already today I’ve had generous servings of rye whiskey and yet the text remains as abstruse as ever. What on earth are you up to here? What does it matter to you? Ragnorak For RHP addons In the chapter to define what a combination is, 10 pages long.

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But the element of surprise is lacking, and it is better not to classify this maneuvre among combinations, for otherwise we could not draw the line of demarcation between maneuvres and combinations.

The latter coming within the general category of the former, it is necessary to make a sharp distinction. We may go further and say that combinations based on surprises which are too well knows, indeed hackneyed, are not real combinations, since the idea of the unforeseen is excluded.

A well-known air when made popular on the street-organs loses thereby much of it’s charm” I gave up about 3 pages later. But the element of surprise is lacking, and it is better not to classify this maneuvre among combinations, for otherwise D I’ll admit that the Z-B quote is windy, but at least it’s intelligible.

BTW, I can’t quite figure out what that panw of yours is. It looks like a pile of graphite shavings with an egg sitting atop. Reset password New user. Sign up or Kmocy to Play Chess.