Winning Chess Middlegames - $54.95
An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures
by Ivan Sokolov
Ever wondered why grandmasters take only seconds to see what's really going
on in a chess position?
greatly enhance their middlegame skills
develop an accurate feeling as to which particular positions suit their
acquire new strategic and practical opening knowledge
It's all about structures, as Ivan Sokolov explains in this
Winning Chess Middlegames addresses the often ignored but
extremely important topic of pawn structures, divided into four main types:
doubled pawns, isolated pawns, hanging pawns and pawn majorities.
With its highly accessible verbal explanations and deep analyses of top-level
games, this book helps you to solve the basic problems of the middlegame: space,
tension and inititative.
Club players studying Winning Chess Middlegames will:
Ivan Sokolov explains matters profoundly, honestly and objectively, and includes
lots of inside stories from top-level chess, neither sparing his collegue
grandmasters nor himself in his comments.
Ivan Sokolov is a top grandmaster who was born in Bosnia in
1968 and has been living in the Netherlands for many years. He was Yugoslav
champion in 1988 and Dutch champion in 1995 and 1998.
In his rich career Sokolov has beaten former world champions
Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik as well as current world champion
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From the Foreword by GM Michael Adams:
"This structured approach is quite instructive as often players choose their
opening repertoire according to quite haphazard criteria, randomly picking up
lines without giving serious consideration to how the resulting middlegames
would suit them."
Martin Rieger, FreeChess:
"I recommend this book to everyone who, coming out of the opening more or less
ok, doesn't know how to proceed."
Former British Champion GM Jonathan Rowson:
"The author skilfully unearths the main ideas and pivotal moments in
structures that continuously recur (..) I like his verbal notes which tend to be
very clear and, indeed, instructive."
IM David Vigorito, ChessCafe:
"'Winning Chess Middlegames' looks at pawn structures that are very common
in modern tournament play that are not easily found in chess books (..) A
pioneering effort from Ivan Sokolov that will benefit players of all levels,
including masters. I recommend it very highly."
IM John Donaldson:
"Using 45 model games, which includes a nice balance of analysis and prose,
Sokolov explains the pros and cons of each structure (..) [A] great book."
IM Bernard Cafferty, British Chess Magazine:
"Sokolov's appreciation of the nuances of pawn play provides much useful
material for aspiring club players, since a structured approach (..) helps
resolve many dilemmas which recur regularly in practical play. Highly