by GM A. Michaltschischin, IM J. Srokowski, W. Braslawski

Paperback : 232 pages, ISBN-10 : 5770758228, ISBN-13 : 978-5770758221

Publisher : Intelinvest (1995)

The book “Isolated Pawn” is dedicated to one of the most important strategic problems in a chess game – the middlegame. The content of the book is a successful combination of classical games, with which the individual chapters are introduced, and modern examples.

It explains how to play with an isolated pawn in various positions.

The complexity of the treatment of such positions depends largely on the assessment of whether the pawn is strong or weak. The strength of an isolated pawn lies in the space advantage it gives the player, its weakness lies in its vulnerability. These points are illustrated by more than 200 carefully selected games by strong players.

A careful study of these examples will provide the user with a solid theoretical foundation that will be of great value in their chess practice.

This book will encourage the chess player to study the middle game more seriously.

Even experts and master players will find very few examples too easy. A beginner or intermediate player, on the other hand, will hardly find any example too difficult but will make small progress with each example.

The British Chess Magazine, in its September 1995 issue No.9, reviews: “A surprising first title… Positions with isolated pawns are extremely common and can arise from several openings… A total of 201 early and late middlegame positions from master games are discussed, organized by various themes… the quality of the presentation is good and the choice of examples interesting.”

Conclusion: If you want to know how to play with or against an isolated pawn, be sure to read this book.

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This standard work also covers the following topics:

  • Attacking the king
  • Active development in the center
  • Taking advantage of weak squares or off-side pieces
  • Spatial advantage
  • Opening a line
  • The transformation into the endgame
  • The blockade of an isolated pawn
  • Control of the blockade square
  • The pawn breakthrough
  • Changing the pawn structure
  • Provoking hanging pawns
  • Pinning back hanging pawns
  • Exchanging pieces in the center
  • The isolated d-pawn, developed from the French Defense
  • Unconventional strategic ideas