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cairo 48 ( +1 | -1 )
I can strongly recommend this book, for all CC-players:

Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch / ISBN 0 486264 86 6 / Published by Dover Publications.

This book dealing with pawnstructures, so everymann can understand this important issue, in our Royal game called chess. Also the interaction between pawns, in the games different faces, is strongly focused on.

Best wishes
bucklehead 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I second this emotion... ...with every pawn in my Rex-Wyvill.

Here's the thing about Kmoch's work: it's brilliant and clearly so; but he treats his topic with such care that he builds an entire new vocabulary around it. This turns some people off to the work, but I recommend you learn to deal with it and see the good stuff underneath.

Plus, you'll get to start using funny words like "leucopenia" in your daily chess conversation.
thunker 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Yep I have this book too, and feel it should be in everyone's chess library. My only problem is that it uses the old classical notation. And while that's what I learned on, I'm so used to algebraic now that I had to readjust a bit. But the theory put forth in the book is well worth the effort and read....
johnrowell 10 ( +1 | -1 )
I might as well go and buy that If it's helpful to players in the rating category of 2300+, 2100+ and 1800+, then it will be helpful to me.
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spijker 18 ( +1 | -1 )
I agree with the recommandation from cairo. I have the hard cover German edition (from 1967, I think it's the same book) and it's one of the best chessbooks I have.
cairo 20 ( +1 | -1 )
There is no level of players, who cannot benefit from reading and study this book, IMHO!

Best wishes
yanm 28 ( +1 | -1 )
ahem I just ordered the book because my handling of pawns is quite lousy. I'm only 14xx but I still hope to get something out of it. I will come back in one or two months to comment on its usefulness :D


eqj2 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Cairo Thank You for your helpful advice. I have ordered that book last week and still waiting of its arrival. Thanks for your help and if you have any other helpful hints for us that would be great too.
Thank You Cheers Eddie
cairo 56 ( +1 | -1 )
Here is another brilliant book, you can learn very much from:

The System - A world Champion's Approach to Chess af Hans Berliner / ISBN 1 901983 10 2 / Published by Gambit.

Hans Berliner is one of the most successful CC-player ever. He was especially dominating the 5th Word Championship. Here in this book, he explain the principles in "The System" he used to find the right moves. The reader will be amazed, over the simplicity and strenght, in Berliner's method.

Best wishes
eqj2 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Cairo I have finally received the first book that you recommended. Totally helpful. My rating with the help of my team members has increased. I look forward to the next book that you recommended. Thank you for all of you suggestions. Cheers Eddie
thunker 44 ( +1 | -1 )
The System! Yes- My favorite theory book! I have a copy of one that I got directly from him when it first came out! Personally autographed by Dr. Berliner! I keep it stored away and use a second copy for my "normal" reading....

Excellent book, but I've never been able to make it through his "chunking" theory very well.... He's just over my head there - but I keep trying!
I pull it out and read it every so often to "recharge" so to speak...
doctor_knight 8 ( +1 | -1 )
How would you compare this book "The System" with Nimzovitch's "My System"?
cascadejames 91 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks! I have started reading Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch because of Cairo's post here, and I am very pleased that I accepted his recommendation. Recently I won an end game easily, that I might have bungled in the past. The win was based on my new understanding of a very simple concept that Kmoch introduces early in the book.

The old style notation is not an obstacle to me since that is how I learned the game initially, 40 years ago. The greater challenge for me comes from learning a new vocabulary. Kmoch introduces many new terms and usually only defines them once. I have decided to prepare a glossary of those terms for myself as I read the book, and I will be happy to share the glossary with anyone else who is interested in it. I would also be interested in comparing notes with others who are working their way through this interesting and valuable book.

ccmcacollister 116 ( +1 | -1 )
When I read . . . ... the Kmoch book, over a decade ago, it was quite new and unusual to me to see his method used to assess Rooks and value half-open files; something I have not seen done elsewhere; before or since. cascadejames , I know exactly what you mean about the Vocabulary/new terms (which I beleive he created!?/!) But it IS quite entertaining to see, isnt it!? :)
The Wyvill, the Rex-wyvill, the Benoni-Jump Formation, etc. I had seen the Pawn Duo concept elsewhere. And the concept of grouping openings according to the nature of the middle game pawn structure, such as Benoni + Pirc, and others is fairlyl common, tho Kmoch may be earliest publication where I saw it done. That seems quite a sound way to study them too, imo.
I have considered it couple years ago when someone first mentioned it in these forums, but now with cairo 's supoprt of it, I am finally going to breakdown and order the Berliner book soon. It just sounds so very interesting. And he was such a good postal player and computer Chess programmer of an early mainframe program too. And also has played otb against RJ Fischer. I cannot remember the result at the moment :(
[ I think it was a draw, or a Bobby win of a close one... ]
thunker 126 ( +1 | -1 )
Fischer - Berliner games

Berliner,Hans Jack - Fischer,Robert James [E89]
USA-ch New York (6), 1957

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 e5 6.Nge2 0-0 7.Be3 c6 8.d5 cxd5 9.cxd5 Ne8 10.Qd2 f5 11.0-0-0 Nd7 12.Kb1 Nef6 13.Nc1 fxe4 14.fxe4 Ng4 15.Bg1 Bh6 16.Qe1 Nc5 17.Nd3 Nxd3 18.Bxd3 Bd7 19.Bb5 Bxb5 20.Nxb5 a6 21.Na3 Rc8 22.h3 Nf6 23.Be3 Bxe3 24.Qxe3 Qa5 25.Rhe1 b5 26.Rc1 Qa4 27.Nc2 Rf7 28.a3 Rfc7 29.Nb4 Rxc1+ 30.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 31.Qxc1 a5 32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.Qc7+ Kh6 34.Qc1+ g5 35.h4 Nxe4 36.Nc6 b4 37.Qe1 bxa3 38.hxg5+ Kg7 39.Nxa5 a2+ 40.Ka1 Nc5 41.b4 Nb3+ 42.Nxb3 Qxb3 43.Qe4 Kg8 44.g6 h6 45.Qf5 Qxd5 46.Qd7 Kf8 47.b5 Qd1+ 48.Kxa2 Qa4+ 49.Kb2 Qb4+ 50.Kc2 Qc5+ 51.Kb3 Qd5+ 52.Ka3 e4 53.Qh7 Qd3+ 54.Ka4 Qd4+ 55.Ka5 Qa1+ 56.Kb6 Qf6 57.Kc7 Qg7+ 1/2-1/2

Fischer,Robert James - Berliner,Hans Jack [B03]
USA-ch New York (5), 23.12.1960

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 e5 11.d5 Ne7 12.b3 Nd7 13.Ne4 Nf5 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bd2 Nc5 16.Nxc5 dxc5 17.Bxf5 Bxf5 18.f4 exf4 19.Nxf4 Qd6 20.Nh5 Rae8 21.Nxg7 Kxg7 22.Bf4 Qd7 23.Qd2 Rf7 24.Bh6+ Kg8 25.Rae1 Rfe7 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.h3 Qe4 28.Qf2 Qe7 29.g4 Bd3 30.Rd1 Be4 31.d6 Qe5 32.Bf4 Qc3 33.d7 Rd8 34.Qe2 Qf3 35.Qxf3 Bxf3 36.Bc7 1-0

Fischer,Robert James - Berliner,Hans Jack [B03]
USA-ch New York (3), 19.12.1962

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 e5 11.d5 Nb4 12.b3 Nxd3 13.Qxd3 Nd7 14.Qd2 f5 15.f4 b6 16.Rad1 Nf6 17.fxe5 dxe5 18.Bg5 Bd7 19.Kh1 Rf7 20.Ng1 Qf8 21.d6 Bc6 22.b4 h6 23.Bxf6 Bxf6 24.c5 bxc5 25.bxc5 Re8 26.Nd5 Bd8 27.Qe2 Ba8 28.Qb5 Kg7 29.Qc4 f4 30.c6 Qxd6 31.Nxf4 Qxc6 32.Nh5+ Kh8 33.Qxc6 Bxc6 34.Rxf7 gxh5 35.Rd6 Be4 36.Rxh6+ Kg8 37.Rxa7 Bg5 38.Rxh5 Be3 39.Rd7 Bd4 40.Ne2 Rf8 41.Rg5+ Kh8 42.h4 Ba1 43.Ng3 Ba8 44.Rd6 Rf7 45.Nf5 1-0

Berliner,Hans Jack - Fischer,Robert James [D41]
Western Open Championship Bay City (8), 07.07.1963

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 0-0 11.Bd3 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 13.Rfd1 Nc6 14.Qb2 Qf6 15.Rac1 Rfd8 16.Bb5 Rac8 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Qf4 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.Qd4 g5 21.f3 g4 22.Be2 gxf3 23.gxf3 Kh8 24.Kh1 Ba6 25.Qf2 Bxe2 26.Qxe2 Qxe5 27.Rg1 f5 28.Qd3 fxe4 29.fxe4 Rf8 30.Qc2 Qf6 31.Rg2 Qd4 32.h3 Qa1+ 33.Rg1 Qe5 34.Qg2 b5 35.Qc2 b4 36.Qg2 a5 37.Qc2 Qf6 38.Qc4 Qf3+ 39.Kh2 Rd8 40.Qc2 Qc3 41.Qxc3+ bxc3 42.Rc1 Rd3 43.Rb1 Kg7 44.Rb5 a4 45.Rc5 a3 46.Kg2 Re3 47.Rc4 Kf6 48.h4 Ke5 49.Kf2 Rh3 50.Kg2 Rd3 51.h5 Kf4 52.h6 Ke3 53.Rc7 Kd2 0-1

schnarre 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Kmoch's book belongs in every chess library IMHO.