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GM Alex Yermolinsky - Double Pawns in the English - Part 3

Opening: A29: English Opening: Four Knights - Kingside Fianchetto: 1...e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3

Player(s): Sliwa, Smyslov, Uhlmann

We have seen many examples of double pawns being terribly weak and how the need to protect them with the pieces can lead to dire consequences, such as complete paralysis of the pieces. Young players are made to be scared to death of double pawns. Literally, they would rather give up a piece than agree to double their pawns. More experienced players know better, yet many of them avoid positions they consider difficult to play because they carry the seeds of potential positional disaster. Are double pawns always bad? I will make the case that they are not. This series of videos opens up our discussion. We will be looking at some lines of the English Opening, where White invites a trade, which causes him to have double pawns on the c-file.

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Teacher's library (712) A29 Sliwa Smyslov Uhlmann opening

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