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?

It's all about structures, as Ivan Sokolov explains in this groundbreaking book.

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:

  • greatly enhance their middlegame skills
  • develop an accurate feeling as to which particular positions suit their style
  • acquire new strategic and practical opening knowledge

    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 Viswanathan Anand.

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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 recommended."