Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Pawn Structure Chess of Andre Soltis is really an excellent book. It explains that there are about a dozen different pawn formations. Different openings can lead to one and the same pawn formation. The book describes what the plans are for both sides for every formation. It really gives a deeper insight.
While studying the book I use it to revamp my openings. I have a few holes in my repertoire and the book assists me to fill them. For instance I have played the classical dutch defense in the past. With little success. I tried to revive it with the aid of the book. And although I failed to do so, at least it I understand now why I had so little success with it. I tried to accomplish the wrong things in the opening. For realisation of the right plans in the dutch you are dependend of positional mistakes of your opponent. If I was a grandmaster I should try to change the opening according to the logic of the pawn structure. But that is way beyond my capabilities. Yet:)
I have played the Benko gambit in the past with little success either. The main reason for that was that my opponents seldom played the book moves, and I wasn't able to punish them for that. The book helps me out.
Further I had always problems when white played 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 With the aid of the games of Karpov I'm building an answer for that. Karpov plays the Queen Indian. He for sure has an eye for pawn structures!
The book has one downside, it's not in algebraic notation but in some funny nostalgic notation. I already use two systems, english and dutch, but this third system uses the "P" for pawn. "P" in the dutch algebraic system is the symbol for the knight. So I really have to stay alert!
PCT is still going strong for the simple straight forward positional moves. I didn't know I was so bad in that!
With Margriet I study a game of Capablanca a day. Great games!