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English Hedgehog Pawn Structure - Tactical and Strategical Ideas

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Grandmaster Petar G. Arnaudov

Hello, dear readers of Modern chess. After a couple of articles about Sicilian pawn structure, now it is time to move on to a structure which appears after another opening. The subject of this article will be the English Hedgehog Pawn Structure. English Hedgehog is very complex and difficult to play opening, for both sides. In the arising position is important not to memorize long forced variations, but to be aware of the nuances, tactical and strategical opportunities. Positions are closed and maneuvering and usually the side who better understands the pawn structure wins the game.

The position on the diagram below is the starting position for the English Hedgehog


Different move orders and variations are discussed in the introduction below.

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