Methods of Playing in Positions with Hanging Pawns - Part 2



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Dear chess friends,

I have the pleasure to your attention the second ( and final ) part of my series on hanging pawns. In my previous article on that topic, I have examined three of the most typical ideas we can use when playing versus hanging pawns - piece pressure and attack against the hanging pawns by means of "b2-b4" or "e3-e4". In the present material, we are going to focus on some ideas which allow us to make use of the dynamic potential of the hanging pawns. There are three main ideas we should keep in mind when playing with hanging pawns:

1) Create threats along "e"-file and on the kingside

2) Execute c4-c5 (c5-c4) break

3) Execute d4-d5 (d5-d4) break

Within the framework of the present material, I am going to provide you with concrete examples concerning each one of these three ideas. At the end of the article, you can find some exercises which are connected to the material we are going to cover.

1) Create threats along e - file and on the kingside

As I have already mentioned in my first article, hanging pawns secure a spatial advantage and a firm control over the "e" - file. Quite often we can make use of this file for the purposes of our attack on the kingside. For example, we have at our disposal typical ideas like Ne4 - g5 ( respectively Ne5-g4 ) or Re3 ( Re6) followed by a rook lift towards the kingside. Please note, that in some positions, we can strengthen our kingside threats by means of d4-d5 ( d5 - d4 ). This pawn break works extremely well when we have full control over the "e" - file. Normally such an advance is often connected with a pawn sacrifice. Nevertheless, if we take into consideration the fact that in general our bishops are placed on "b2" and "d3" ( respectively "b7" and "d6" ), we can make the conclusion that this pawn sacrifice allows us to use the attacking potential of every single piece. White's ideas are perfectly illustrated by the American grandmaster Walter Browne is his game against Lev Alburt played in 1981.

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