Pawns weaknesses

“...how to play the Pawns: they are very Life of this game” - François-André Danican Philidor

Pawns are the most particular pieces:

  • they only move forward
  • they capture diagonally
  • they can promote

Due their very nature, they determine the core characteristics of a position and represents the the starting point of most strategic plans in the middlegame.

A pawn is weak if it can be attacked and that is why most often we consider pawns weaker when they cannot be defended by other pawns. They’re harder to defend.

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