The tutorial and training module “Hanging Pawns” is dedicated to one of the most important strategic problems in a chess game – the middlegame. This module will encourage the user to study the middlegame 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.

It explains how to play in different positions with or against hanging pawns.

The module with 183 carefully selected examples is designed for the medium (ELO under 2000) to strong player (ELO over 2000).

The module is a successful combination of classical games, with which the individual chapters are introduced, and modern examples. All questions about playing with pawns in hand (and of course the appropriate defenses against them!) are fully covered in this entertaining and highly instructive masterpiece. The authors show how to: stage an attack on the kingside, launch an attack in the center, exploit a material or positional advantage, assess the relative strength of minor pieces and pawns, exploit weak squares in the opponent’s camp.

Co-author Adrian Mikhalchishin is a well-known grandmaster, coach, tournament organizer and commentator. His theoretical articles can be found in magazines such as “Schachmaty v SSSR”, “64” (Russia), “Chess Informant” (Yugoslavia), “New in Chess” (Holland), “Schach” and “Schachreport” (Germany), “Inside Chess” (USA), “L’Italia Scacchistica” (Italy), “Jaque” and “Gambito” (Spain) and many others. A. Mikhalchishin was also the coach of Anatoly Karpov during the years 1980-85, coach of the Russian national team (1989-90), and coach of GM Alexander Belyavsky for several years!

Conclusion: The authors address this title to the medium to strong player and guide him through many important tactical and strategic concepts, asking the question – how to play with or against hanging pawns? Some examples even cause difficulties for master players. However, players of all levels will benefit from working with this module. If you want to know how to play with or against hanging pawns, be sure to use this module.

Chess Academy provides a complete interactive system for enjoying, playing and studying chess! Chess Academy enables any chess player to rapidly improve his chess skills in an efficient and effective manner. Chess Academy users learn chess and organize their training lessons through active participation and discovery with carefully selected and fully annotated Tutorial & Training Examples, authored by top-class players and experienced coaches.

  • Tutorial and training examples with text annotations in German and English are classified by topic / subtopic and each annotated variation includes appropriate position evaluations and/or text annotations explaining typical plans and maneuvers.
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