I just got back from a week of vacation in Bonaire, a tiny desert island where there is little to do except snorkeling or diving, and as well catch up on some chess reading. I read John Emms' partially useful guide on minor piece endgames (know how to blockade three pawns with a king and knight? Do you want to?), and had time to finish Kasparov's Modern Chess Part Two
talking about his first two matches with Karpov in 1984 and '85. It was exhausting and exhilarating reading, with seventy-two world championship games worked in (and a few bonus games). There's hanging pawn positions, isolated pawns, exchange sacrifices, and a master-level training in a number of major opening systems (both players played both 1. d4 and 1. e4 at different points). I'm certain I'm not qualified to appreciate the subtleties, but the first-person perspective makes it much more gripping than some of his other books on world championships. Now thanks to Mike Goeller I have a delightfully obscure book Hanging Pawns
to read through, very apropos. It seems like an incredibly rich topic, so I'll see if I can find a good game to post on it. Kasparov, for one, successfully defended hanging pawn positions three times in the 84/85 matches as Black.
I am putting together a reading list for this summer, as part of my efforts to win my bet with lifetime class B player Don C. (let's call him D. Carrelli) as to which one of us can become an expert first (side bets are open as to whether Greenland will melt before this happens, or maybe the Rapture). On the list:
Pawn Structure Chess
The Survival Guide to Rook Endings
Winning Pawn Structures
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
Art of Attack in Chess
Forcing Chess Moves
My Great Predecessors III-V
If these don't make me a master then there's clearly something wrong with the way they're printed. I can't think of any other explanation.