Master the Pawn Play

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Master The Pawn Play

When I was a kid, I was always afraid of facing passed pawns. I remember that fear and I think, this was the first time in my career that I had seen a problem and consciously made a decision about it. The decision was simple: To avoid situations in which my opponent was able to sacrifice material to achieve passed pawns. Of course, it was not the smartest move, but at least it was a move. Now I would like to take a look at this problem armed with 25 years of experience and artificial intelligence. Our task is to see situations where one player sacrifices a piece or exchange for passed pawns and to determine which typical ideas can be used in such situations by both attacking and defending players.

For this purpose, I will start with the first famous game in which this kind of scenario appeared. It doesn't often occur that a game of chess is given its own Wikipedia page! Black literally smashed his opponent. The final position is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the history of chess. Many famous players (including Garry Kasparov) analyzed this game, so I will mainly concentrate on the subject of this lesson.

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