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GM Davorin Kuljasevic’s “Develop Your Counter-intuitive Thinking!” - Pawn Structure Decisions

Opening: C52, A07, A90, E16, D35: Evans Gambit, Reti: King's Indian attack (Barcza system), Dutch, Queen's Indian, QGD: 3.Nf6

Player(s): Pridorozhni, Jakovenko, Kuljasevic, Froewis, Eljanov, Carlsen, Fressinet, Hracek, Berkes

Ever since the great Philidor said: "Pawns are the soul of chess" chess players have paid attention to the pawn structure. A good pawn structure is usually a great positional asset, while a bad one might be a big burden, especially in the endgame. Therefore, we follow well-known rules such as: "watch out for isolated and backward pawns", "doubled pawns are usually bad in the endgame", "recapture with the pawn toward the center and not away from it, etc. In most cases, following such principles is the best way to go, but sometimes we can bend them and make pawn structure decisions that may seem unnatural or bad from a positional point of view. Usually when we make such a decision, there is an important dynamic or another positional factor than compensates for the damaged pawn structure.

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Teacher's library (23) OFFICIAL COURSE 10 C52 A07 A90 E16 D35 Pridorozhni Jakovenko Kuljasevic Froewis Eljanov Carlsen Fressinet Hracek Berkes game analysis

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