*Position and Pawn Tension in Chess* by David H. Levin,
published in 1993,
is a middle game manual with a list price of $13.95. 128 pages,
5 1/2" x 8 1/2", ISBN 0-9638001-0-8. (Note: there's a discounted price
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Section Name | Page # | |
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Preface | i | |

Chess Notation and Related Terms | iv | |

Introduction: What is Pawn Tension, and Why be Concerned with it? | 1 | |

PART I: Position | ||

Section 1: Positional Elements that can Decide the Game | 6 | |

Section 1.1: Pawn Islands | 6 | |

Section 1.2: Poorly Posted Piece | 12 | |

Section 1.3: Spectacularly Posted Piece | 16 | |

Section 1.4: Weakened King's Position | 23 | |

Section 1.5: Control of Open Files | 26 | |

Section 1.6: Territorial Advantage | 30 | |

Section 1.7: Weak Squares | 39 | |

Section 2: Offsetting Positional Elements | 45 | |

Section 2.1: Superior Development as Compensation for Weak Pawns | 46 | |

Section 2.2: Piece Pressure as Compensation for Weak Pawns | 54 | |

Section 2.3: Superior Development as Compensation for Weak Squares | 63 | |

Section 2.4: Material Advantage as Compensation for Weak Squares | 68 | |

PART II: Pawn Tension | ||

Section 3: Handling Pawn Tension | 76 | |

Section 3.1: Some Good Reasons to Relieve Pawn Tension | 76 | |

Section 3.2: Some Good Reasons for Sustaining Pawn Tension | 79 | |

Section 3.3: Analysis of a Tension-Filled Position | 82 | |

Section 4: Creating Pawn Tension | 103 | |

Section 4.1: Some Good Reasons to Create Pawn Tension | 103 | |

Section 4.2: Some Good Reasons to Refrain from Creating Pawn Tension | 110 | |

Conclusion: Putting it All Together | 113 |