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I find it interesting how learning more about pawn structures seems to increase opening knowledge exponentially.
For example, I could have shown you both the 9. Bc4 and the 9. 0-0-0 lines of the Yugoslav Attack against the Dragon. But until I watched IM Rensch's video on these pawn structures I wouldn't have had any idea that if Black doesn't play 9...d5 after 9. 0-0-0 White can punish him in a race attack.
I wish there were a lot more readily available knowledge about this subject.
There's loads of information on it. Barburin wrote a book solely on Isolated queen pawn structures.
I know you have done chess mentor exercises CW, but you can concentrate it on pawn structures I believe, if you want to practice that specifically. Go under settings for it, and pick only that. Its really useful if you want to know more about a specific area.
I think more people should utilize chess mentor, not just TT. Not saying this is you, but most people's profiles I have looked at don't even bother with it.
I highly recommend Hans Kmoch's "Pawn Power in Chess." http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0486264866/allhandsmusic
Get Soltis's book. Like Kmochs book, but actually makes sense.
I think I'll get the Soltis too. Kmoch makes perfect sense to me, but I admit he comes up with a few weird terms and a few unusual explanations. Also, I'm not sure if it's available in algebraic, which might turn some people off.
Sure, the IQP stuff is all well known. In fact I have the recent Isolani book that was re-released.
But other than the Soltis and to some extent Kmoch books this seems to me to be the most mysterious subject in all of chess.'
Perhaps I'm making it harder than it needs to be...
I had no idea! Thanks a ton!
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