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Hello, I am a 1800 USCF player and aspiring National Master. I've recently become interested in pawn structures and would like a book recommendation that deals with middle game plans due to pawn structures. Also, I'd be interested in hearing some good endgame books.
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I've already read Silman's Reassess Your Chess and My System. I'm considering Drovetsky's Endgame Manual, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for it yet.
I play the English and Dutch Defense, so a book which talks about these pawn structures and middle-game plans would be cool. I'm just looking to improve, and I thought learning about pawns more would be the first place to start
Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide
Understanding Chess Middle Games by GM Nunn
Lessons With a Grandmaster 1 and 2 by GM Gulko
Possibly of interest:The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/Seirawan stuff:http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm50 Essential Chess Lessons by Steve Giddinshttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708100833/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review534.pdfSimple Chess by Michael Steanhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708104258/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review400.pdfAmateur's Mind by Jeremy Silmanhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708094419/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/ammind.pdfChess Secrets: The Giants of Chess Strategy by Neil McDonaldhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708092313/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review620.pdfChess Strategy for Club Players by Herman Grootenhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708101926/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review696.pdfChess Training for Post-beginners by Yaroslav Srokovskihttps://web.archive.org/web/20140712013538/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review945.pdfChess Strategy: Move by Move by Adam Hunthttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708093249/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review890.pdfHow to Reassess Your Chess (4th ed.) by Jeremy Silmanhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708095832/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review769.pdfThe Art of the Middlegamehttp://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Art-of-the-Middlegame-The-77p3554.htmWinning Pawn Structures by GM Alexander Baburin (1998)https://web.archive.org/web/20140718055446/http://chesscafe.com/text/wps.txtUnderstanding Pawn Play in Chess by GM Drazen Marovic (2000)https://web.archive.org/web/20140708110136/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review249.pdfDynamic Pawn Play in Chess by GM Drazen Marovic (2001)http://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/books-of-many-flavoursWinning Chess Middlegames, An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures by GM Ivan Sokolov (2009)https://web.archive.org/web/20140708091955/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review676.pdfPawn Structure Chess by GM Andrew Soltis (2013)https://web.archive.org/web/20140708101523/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review908.pdfChess Structures - A Grandmaster Guide by GM Mauricio Flores Rios (2015)"There is also masses of stuff in the book that made me go 'Oooh!' and 'Aaah!' so I think it will have the same effect on you! In particular, I loved Rios' exposition of White's plan of exerting queenside pressure against Hedgehog systems. I'd seen one of the games he quotes in his chapter but I'd never remotely made any link to a structured way of fighting the Hedgehog structure, so this chapter was a real eye-opener for me ...In conclusion, warmly recommended. Lots to learn!" - GM Matthew Sadlerhttps://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7495.pdfThe Power of Pawns by GM Jörg Hickl (2016)"The didactic concept of the book is admirable. Each chapter defines the structures, explains the typical characteristics and shows the plans for both White and Black. The reader participates by assessing positions and invariably receives useful tips for practical play." - FM Harry Schaackhttps://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/the-power-of-pawns/https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9034.pdfZurich 1953 by Bronsteinhttp://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/review-zurich-1953-bronsteinPython Strategy by Tigran Petrosianhttp://sagarteacheschess.blogspot.com/2015/09/python-strategy-book-review.htmlPetrosian’s Legacy by Tigran Petrosian (1990)https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103409/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review309.pdfPetrosian: Move by Move by Thomas Engqvist"Engqvist gives us a rare treat and a genuine, sympathetic understanding of one of chess' greats who nowadays tends to gets lost in the shuffle!" - Michael Ciamarra (2014)Grandmaster Chess Strategy by Jürgen Kaufeld & Guido Kernhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708093410/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review812.pdf
Various endgame study possibilities discussed at:https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103149/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review594.pdfhttps://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdfhttps://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7742.pdfhttps://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endingshttps://web.archive.org/web/20140708105702/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review645.pdfhttps://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9026.pdfhttp://chessimprover.com/averbakhs-chess-endings-essential-knowledge/https://web.archive.org/web/20140708234309/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review704.pdfhttp://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Understanding_Chess_Endgames.pdfhttp://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/endings-endings-endingshttp://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/the-end-game-comes-before-we-know-ithttp://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/theres-an-end-to-it-allBefore buying any particular book, I suggest going to the publisher site to see if it is possible to view a sample.
There is the book "Chess Structures" by Mauricio Flores Rios that does exactly what you described as @jambyvedar and @kindaspongey pointed out.
Another method and a quick reference is just google searching "pawn structure" and then finding the link on it to wikipedia.