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The Power of Pawns

Chess Structure Fundamentals for Post-Beginners

By Jorg Hickl

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: United States, 15 April 2016
If you want to improve at chess, you must know the characteristics of typical pawn formations. Understanding the pawn structure is a key tool when you are evaluating a position on the board. One simple pawn move can ruin your position or win the game. Post-beginners should know the basic essentials of chess structures and that is what this modern training manual focuses on. Experienced chess teacher Grandmaster Jorg Hickl helps you to recognize the important characteristics of pawn structures, learn how you can and should develop your pieces, identify how you can improve your position and develop a plan of action. This book provides common sense guidance and Jorg Hickl uses practical examples to explain typical structures, strategies and plans. His tips and exercises are both highly enjoyable and to the point."

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Grandmaster Jorg Hickl (1965) is a former German Champion and a highly experienced chess trainer.


"The didactic concept of the book is admirable. Each chapter defines the structures, explains the typical characteristics and shows the plans for both White and Black. The reader participates by assessing positions and invariably receives useful tips for practical play." -- Harry Schaack KARL Magazine "It's great to see the German Grandmaster tackling what has often been a rather neglected subject." CHESS Magazine (UK) "The main focus is on showing the dangers and opportunities in seemingly dull positions. There are lots of valuable training lessons, in particular in areas where chess engines offer no help." -- Harald Fietz SchachMagazin 64 "A masterpiece of explanation." Elburg Chess Review "Hickl's prose is entertaining and amusing, and the instructions are always helpful and practical. This is a first-class manual that teaches much more than just pawn structures and their immediate consequences." -- Klaus Kogler Kaissiber Chess Magazine "The author is setting out what you need in order to have a balanced, basic understanding (..) A good way of bringing [club players'] understanding of all pawn structures up to a consistent level." -- Matthew Sadler, Grandmaster, former British Champion "Hickl's book is of great importance for chess players who are past the beginners' stage." -- B.H. Wilders Nederlands Dagblad "Jorg Hickl's explanations are always very to the point and written in an entertaining way, which keeps the reader motivated to continue." -- Dirk Schuh, International Master Rochade Europa Magazine

EAN: 9789056916312
ISBN: 9056916319
Publisher: New in Chess
Dimensions: 23.37 x 16.76 x 1.02 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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