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It only takes a minute to sign up. Maybe this has to do with my level of play or maybe it has to do with the way Kmoch writes. I do not have Soltis' book, so I was curious to know if anyone has read it and if it is similar to Kmoch's book? I haven't read either but here's an excerpt from Dan Heisman's Novice Nook I enjoyed it when I was rated about Very different those two books. Soltis' is a basic book which explains the "plans" on different openings according to their respective pawn structures.
Kmoch's book, however, is a masterpiece. It's a much more difficult and serious book in terms of the knowledge it provides. The terminology is not difficult or convoluted, as many people claim online. If you're an adult you will get it pretty easily. Also, the concepts are not only clear and helpful, but also didactically perfectly selected.
You should read it and find out for yourself what i mean. It's brilliance comes in how methodically Kmoch studies the different types of pawn structures and formations. This is NOT a book centered on opening pawn structures per se. It's a proper study of the PAWN as a central piece in how chess is played properly. The meat of the boom focuses on how pawn structures and formations studies in the first part interact with the minor pieces and the Rooks.
These are the golden chapters of the book which will positively impact your overall understanding of chess. This is definitively not a book for the lazy or the bare-bones beginner simply because those are not ready for the wisdom imparted by Kmoch.
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The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Asked 7 years, 4 months ago. Active 14 days ago. Viewed 3k times. ETD Active Oldest Votes. Hope this helps for something I'm also thinking of buying one of these two books. Kmoch's book is fascinating, but I've never seen a chess book written as a religious tract before! Joe Joe 3, 2 2 gold badges 17 17 silver badges 38 38 bronze badges.
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Pawn Power in Chess
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.
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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.