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Ever wondered why grandmasters take only seconds to see what’s really going on in a chess position? It’s all about structures, as Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov explains in this groundbreaking book. With its highly accessible verbal explanations and deep analyses of top-level games, this book helps you to solve the basic problems of the middlegame: Club players studying this book will: Ivan Sokolov explains matters profoundly, honestly and objectively including lots of inside stories from top-level chess, neither sparing his colleague grandmasters nor himself in his comments.

With a foreword by British Grandmaster Michael Adams. Great Games, marvelous analysis. Invaluable tools for any player. I like his sokolo notes which tend to be very clear and, indeed, instructive. This is easily one of the best middlegame books of recent times.

Winnning opening books stop, this book continues. Ivan Sokolov is a top grandmaster who was born in Bosnia. He was Yugoslav champion in and Dutch champion in and In his rich career Sokolov has beaten the likes of former world champions Smyslov, Middlegqmes, Kramnik, Anand and Kasparov. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller midddlegames this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller wining Best Books of Back in Print!

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First, I respectfully agree with the other reviewers that Sokolov loves, and even admits p. That said, with the amazing number of transpositions he covers here, even though they are not often 1. I disagree, however, with the audience. The analysis here is not nearly as difficult as a Kasparov or Dvoretsky! The book is mistitled because, as the other reviewers have noted, it is an awesome opening exploration along with pawn structures and key moves that set up a variety of endgames, which also are detailed.


There are only four chapters, for nearly pages!: Doubled Pawns 12 structures 2. Isolated Pawns 10 structures 3. Hanging Pawns 4 structures 4. Center Pawn Majority 7 structures A weakness in the first chapter is its dependence on a lot of “ancient” albeit awesome games from the 50’s and 60’s using the Samisch Variation of the Nimzo-Indian.

Club players would find shocking surprises by reprising many of these structures, and a lot of wins, but Master and above might find them out of date.

Winning Chess Middlegames: An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures by Ivan Sokolov

Midlegames analysis is simply outstanding. Not kvan does he bring in “book” differences leading up to various pawn structures, but then carries them forward with not only actual FULL games, but countless encyclopedic “asides” from numerous winningg games focusing on each “crucial” move that changes the games balance to a win or loss.

Mifdlegames guy’s mind is nothing short of astonishing and it is obvious that he didn’t just throw a bunch of Chessbase references against the wall– many of the examples are from his own games, and the historic diagrams fit precisely into the middlegame point. Most players over realize that confusing the mind with a bunch of opening memorization weakens rather than strengthens play.

Although not titled an “opening” book, Sokolov teaches us HOW to study openings– in context of structure and tactics. Given the positional title and structural focus, we might be tempted to think this is not a tactical book. Don’t make that mistake! Sokolov covers tactics in extensive detail with every key move, showing HOW the structure, square and strategy lead up to the fork, pin, discovered check, etc.

One of the subtle touchstones of a chees book vs. This theme occurs over and over in this fine book. In fact, Ivan makes point after point like “There was only a brief opportunity to seize this here,” “This is only a quickly vanishing one tempo advantage that MUST be capitalized on within two moves From a positional standpoint, there are hundreds of humorous, telling and important positional comments like “Note the miserably passive position of Black’s bishop on b7” p.

Slkolov little “did middlegamws see that? To the criticisms about too much depth and not enough breadth: Sokolov does a fantastic job FOCUSING on the most common pawn structures, which, by early endgame or late middle, are middlehames similar in appearance regardless of opening, giving value to players of any opening, club level and beyond.

This assumes you’re well grounded in middlegamse with lots of practice games, puzzles and analysis. For highly advanced players, Ivan also gives a lot of “why do you think recent or play favors 1. A challenge for and at many levels! Highly recommended, one of the best for all phases of the game. This book is very good, presenting complex strategical pawn structures linked to 1 d4.


Delving into fine nuances, breaking something sharp, into several understandable chapters. A mistake would be to say, that it doesn’t link to your opening repertoire, so why bother? Well going through these pages, makes your chess understanding improve, and basically, it’s interesting. Plus one can get IQP, doubled pawns or pawn majority in the center, not only from 1 d4. Sokolov did a great job on this one with a most difficult subject.

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The middlegame is where the master win and we poor amateurs lose. An essential guide to pawn structures. Great for d4 players. However, if you don’t ever plan to play d4, your not going to get a lot out of this one. This book is fine as far as it goes, but it’s not what the back cover promises.

Instead of being a primer on typical pawn structures, it’s a book of annotated games — a substantial percentage of which are the author’s own.

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I was disappointed as I had bought the book hoping to find some plans for a position in which I often find myself. My games as Black often transpose from the Catalan, or sometimes Reti, into a Queen’s Indian position with a white bishop fianchettoed on g2, a black one on b7, and black pawns on c5 and d5.

This is a pretty standard middlegame setup arising from the Queen’s Indian demanding careful play from Black to counter White’s Bf4, Ne5, and Qa4 moves, played in various orders.

Unfortunately, not a single one of wihning only four! I’m sure you’ll get a feel for the positions that arise in the particular games included in this book, just as you will from any annotated games collection, but this book certainly does NOT provide a broad or systematic look at pawn structures.

It is a good book, but the material is limited. The title suggests that the book is about pawn structures and the middlegame plans that are optimal. But the material is limited. But the chees that is included is fairly in depth. In my years of playing, I have encountered the middlrgames structures in this book minimally because the openings and variations that I play are different than those discussed, of course, the possibility of transposition exists.

I give the book 3 stars because the title is misleading considering the actual content. But, I would suggest this book to the class player sookolov is all I am concerned about when writing reviews. I am conservative when rating, if I give a book 5 stars it is impeccable and a true classic I agree with the previous reviewers that the focus of this book is narrower than the title suggests.