Understanding Pawn Play in Chess: A Grandmaster Shows How to Make the Most of Your Pawns. 10 August by Drazen Marovic. In this book, experienced grandmaster and trainer Drazen Marovic elucidates the pawn’s multi-faceted nature. By investigating high-quality games from. Chess games of Drazen Marovic, career statistics, famous victories, opening repertoire, PGN download, discussion, and more.

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With the White pieces: With the Black pieces: Drazen Marovic was awarded the GM title in He is also an author of note. D Ciric vs D Marovic. C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack. Matulovic vs D Marovjc.

D Marovic vs B Rabar. D Djantar vs D Marovic. E80 King’s Indian, Samisch Variation.

Dražen Marović

D Marovic vs N Karaklajic. V Sokolov vs D Marovic. D02 Queen’s Pawn Game. P Trifunovic vs D Marovic. Puc vs D Marovic. D Marovic vs J Sofrevski. D Marovic vs M Mihaljcisin. D Marovic vs F Suvalic. Mwrovic vs D Marovic.

M Damjanovic vs D Marovic. D Marovic vs J Stupica.

E62 King’s Indian, Fianchetto. Udovcic vs D Marovic. E67 King’s Indian, Fianchetto. D Marovic vs V Cuderman. M Vospernik vs D Marovic. D Marovic vs Minic. K Krstev vs D Marovic.

C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin. D Marovic vs M Bertok.

D Marovic vs M Bobotsov. D Marovic vs Smailbegovic. A44 Old Benoni Defense.

The chess games of Drazen Marovic

D Marovic vs C H Alexander. D Marovic vs J Littlewood. A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation. Gligoric vs D Marovic. They called themselves ‘hypermoderns’ and their ideas had a dramatic impact on the problem of the pawn-centre.

These two books left an indelible trace in the decades to come. They felt that the fixed centre limited the scope for imaginative play, directing plans towards well-trodden paths. They also rejected the emphasis placed on ‘rules’ in previous teachings. Striving to do so, they introduced some utterly new concepts.

Especially significant was their view of the centre. Considering it a principle of opening strategy, they supported the view that the centre should neither be occupied by pawns nor left to disintegrate. The centre, they proclaimed, should be controlled by pieces. It meant completely new pawn-structures in the centre, flexible use of pawns in the early phase of the game and maximum cooperation of pawns and pieces. Whole new openings were born on that basis: In the early phase of the game they use pawns sparingly.

This saves time for the development of pieces, which exercise their power on some of the central squares. As a rule, a drzaen bishop, whose diagonal cuts across the centre, and a knight focus their efforts on one of these squares. The control of the centre is often enhanced by the markvic of an mrovic piece that might otherwise exert influence on the relevant central square. The game is characterized by the clever use of bishops on the diagonals and the coordinated activity of knights.


The other bishop pins the knight at c6, thereby achieving total domination of the e5-square. When the stage has been set, the pawns can be engaged to open the position and seize the initiative. The consequence of such reasoning is visible in the pawn-formations. We move from the classical, symmetrical structures to new, restricted central set-ups, more flexible and increasingly distant from the traditional ideal.

The Post-War Soviets In the s and s two young Soviet grandmasters and candidates for the crown, David Bronstein and Isaak Boleslavsky, evolved a new concept of the centre. They recommended that Black should matovic the centre to White.

Occupying it with pawns or controlling it with pieces takes time, and time should be invested differently. Black should finish his basic development as quickly as possible, allow White to build a full drazeh and then undermine that centre, trying to bring about a blockade. When the centre is blocked and its dynamic strength diminished, Black should rely on sideblows to seize the initiative on the wings.

On the contrary, many important events were organized and a tremendous amount of work was invested in chess theory. Once the war was over, the outside world had to face a new generation of remarkable players, playing some new, unknown ideas. With Boleslavsky and Bronstein we cross a new frontier. The marivic away from the classical ideals and towards newer forms, more dynamic and more flexible, started with Nimzowitsch. This led to the rise of openings with asymmetrical pawn-formations, a tendency that grew stronger in the decades after the Second World War and found its full expression in the Benoni and numerous systems of the Sicilian Defence.

This trend was already clear in the s, most notably in the games of Alexander Alekhine, who belonged to a school of thought that knew no prejudices. He mwrovic to the conclusion that while action is being taken on the board all the static values lose their significance, so maeovic the assessment of the position depends exclusively on the value of the action itself.

The s and s saw continued investigations in the field of bold play based on mobile, aggressive pawn-structures. Players were prepared to seize the initiative by all possible means, including positional sacrifices and taking into account psychological considerations.

This aggressive modern style launched to the chess summit Mikhail Tal, who possessed one of the keenest chess minds ever. He was an idol of the crowd, but also the leader of an audacious generation of great explorers whose domain consisted of dynamic marovix systems built on asymmetrical pawn-structures and whose weapon was the initiative. Tal imposed the frantic pace of investigation and defined the basic boundaries to marofic explored: These openings were characterized by a dynamic, undefined centre and wing actions.


The thorough analysis started with the Dragon, the Paulsen and the Richter-Rauzer, and soon spread to the Najdorf and Sozin. It intensified in the s, with Fischer, Polugaevsky and Geller, among others, amrovic the forefront. In the dtazen decades of the 20th century the field of exploration broadened impressively and the depth of it even more so. The boundaries between opening and middlegame, invisible but felt clearly by an experienced player, show a tendency of disappearing to such an extent that many a time only at reaching the endgame does a marobic become aware that he is out of the opening.

These two phases of the game tend to melt one into the other. The subtle relation of marching pawns on different wings, marrovic undefined centre offering both sides numerous options, the variety of pawn advances and tactical blows make assessments increasingly difficult. Each position, mqrovic if drazeb general principles, must be assessed on its own more than ever. Today, while the process is still in progress, considering the pawn-centre in the light of a century and a half of intense activity, we are prone to believe that these periods on which we have focused our attention laid the corner-stones of modern opening theory.

The pawn-centre remains the key to its understanding. But I feel I should warn you, you maroviic only copy one third of a book before it is considered copyright infringement: What did you mean by “only”?! Today’s Player of the day is one of my favorite chess authors. Any opinions on the quality of his “Understanding Pawn Play in Chess”? Drazen Marovic has been one of the leading Yugoslav chess theoreticians and analysts since s.

A regular contributor to various chess newspapers and periodicals. Also worked as TV chess commentator and analyst.

A msrovic of wide variety of interests and education. I he had devoted less time to these pursuits, and more to active tournament practice, he would have certainly accomplished more as a practical player. Don’t you mean 71st birthday? It’s his 71st birthday! Today is his 72nd Birthday. Happy Birthday, Gran Maestro! Happy Birthday GM Marovic!

He’s got a book on Queen’s Gambit openings that is a really great way to learn the overriding concepts of the opening family. He advocates that you shouldn’t try to set out learning the orthodox defense, tarrasch defense, slav defense, QGA, etc.