The Most Common Pawn Structure: Advantages and Disadavantages

Posted on February 04,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. You might be wondering what kind of pawn structure the title of this article refers to. Is it doubled pawns? Passed pawns? Well, it is neither, even though learning how to play with those pawn structures is very important as well. The most common pawn structure in chess is actually the “Isolated Queen Pawn.” This type of pawn structure can be seen in many different openings such as the Sicilian Defense (1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd[…]

The French Defense

Posted on February 03,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, Beginner’s Corner. The French Defense remains a very popular opening system, despite getting its name in the 19th century in honor of French players, who were using it frequently. It is a semi-closed opening system, and its frequent use by top players like Ivanchuk, Nakamura, Grischuk, Morozevich, Andreikin and many others makes its high reliability evident. In The French Defense, Black starts to fight for the center from the very beginning and creates a very solid[…]

The Sicilian Dragon

Posted on January 27,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, Beginner’s Corner. The Dragon variation is probably the most aggressive and ambitious line of the Sicilian defense, but at the same time it is quite risky. Black fianchettoes his dark-squared bishop and creates a strong pressure on the a1-h8 diagonal. Many people see some resemblance of Black’s kingside pawn structure with the mythological creature, the Dragon. Thus, the whole setup is called the “Dragon variation.” This line may fit perfectly for tactical players[…]

Understanding & Dominating your Chess Game with Pawn Structures

Posted on January 26,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Outplay your opponents using pawn structures! In the video “Understanding & Dominating your Chess Game with Pawn Structures” by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we are taught about a few different types of pawn structures and how they influence the course of the game. He speaks about how we need to be good with positional ideas, because they are very important when dealing with the many different types of pawn structures that we will see during our[…] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

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