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GM Davorin Kuljasevic - Pawns are the Soul of Chess - Video 6

Opening: D17: QGD: Slav Defence - Czech Defence

Player(s): Kacheishvili, Shankland

Video 6 - Power of connected pawns

‘’Together we stand, divided we fall’’

Every experienced chess player can sense that the pawns’ value usually increases when they are connected. In such cases, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, as two or more pawns marching together can overcome a minor piece or, sometimes, even a rook. The main strength of connected pawns lies in remaining close together and moving in sync as they

  • Have a chance to protect each other 
  • Control many squares in front of them

Naturally, it helps to have good background support for the pawns so that they don’t become easy prey for the opponent’s pieces. It is also important to avoid the opponent’s blockade, which often makes the pawns immobile and ineffective. As with a single passed pawn, connected pawns’ value increases exponentially as more pieces get traded off the board.

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Teacher's library (46) D17 Kacheishvili Shankland midgame endgame

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