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GM Petrov’s New Strategies in the Middlegame - Vd19: Backward Pawns

Opening: B58: Sicilian Classical

Player(s): Unzicker, Taimanov

This video will show us how to play with a backward pawn. Usually, most players are afraid to have such a pawn as they think she is always weak. But sometimes, having such a pawn is not so bad as there is always some counterplay. Most of the time, such pawns are defended with a bishop, and even if there is some pressure on the semi-open files with the rooks, it is not so dangerous. Often the player with such a pawn controls essential squares in the center, restricting the minor pieces of his opponent. Often the idea is to push the pawn forward whenever possible.

Teacher's library (147) B58 Unzicker Taimanov midgame

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