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Middlegame & Endgames Ideas - #3 - Pushing Pawns FOR THE WIN

  • NM HowToTameADragon
  • | Jan 20, 2014

Hi guys,

Part 3 in my series will be about Minority Attacks (Please comment what you want the following ones to be about  - thanks)

Minority Attacks are most prominently known as pawn storms - but this is not always true as a pawn attack protected by minor pieces is the technical definition for the term.

To start off - the minority  attack is most prominent in the English and the Queens gambit declined (mostly in the exchange variation) for white & the King's Indian for black (with white as well)

Firstly - A game by two LEGENDS in the chess world

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Smyslov                                                  Keres

This game had occured in the most famous opening when it comes to minority attacks - the QGD

Here, as in most cases, the minority attack is used to weaken pawn structures - such as c6 in the above example.
However they can also be used as mating attacks when backed up by pieces.
This is especially true in the king's indian where basically every game is a race between minority attacks (W on the Qside and B on the Kside)
For an example of this, here is my favorite King's Indian Game of all time...
Taiminov                                 VS                                  Najdorf
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BUT BEWARE.... This may be the best game you will ever witness (It won the brilliancy prize in ZURICH 1953 - possibly the best tournament after 1950)
So.... In Conclusion.... minority attacks should be used to either weaken pawn structures or as a preface to an all out attack
Again - please comment your requests - ill do Zwichenzug next week :)
Thanks Guys


  • 7 months ago


    Thanks for a great article.

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  • 8 months ago


    Very helpful. I've always been a big fan of pawn storms when playing black.

  • 8 months ago


    Only that's Taim_a_nov.

  • 8 months ago


    thank you so much. now i have understood minority attack properly. i only knew its definitaion but not its use in games.

  • 8 months ago


    I'm pretty good at tactics and positional chess but still im not THAT good because i dont know how to buil positions rich of tactics/positional aspect. I think its equally important to study "not special" stuff as it is to study tactics/positional ideas. for eg. strategies, planning, finding ways to enrich a position like mag carlsen.

  • 8 months ago


    very nice article..very helpful

  • 8 months ago


    I like this:-)

  • 8 months ago


    This was a helpful article for me, as I've begun more thorough study of the English Opening and QGD lines.  I've seen that Taminov/Najdorf game once before (I believe as an exercise in the chess mentor program).  What a beautiful and overwhelming attack.  Thanks for your post and annotations!

  • 8 months ago


    hi NM howtotameadragon! I am an intermediate level player, I would love to see some articles on general strategies and ideas on popular openings like Ruy Lopez(I play both as white or black) or something like the italian(i sometimes encounter it as black). I believe its very important for beginners and us to understand  important strategies after the opening maybe leading to some usual endgame edge and know how to use it. Thx a lot for the great articles!

  • 8 months ago


    Great article. Very helpful.

  • 8 months ago


    Thanks Dragon great games, I never did know what a minority attack was...

    I would like you to do an article on keeping the tension. I think many people don't realize that non-visually agressive moves are just as powerful, and thus-agressive, as more blatent agressive approaches. I think I struggle with this when trying to gain initiative..i dunno its just an idea

  • 8 months ago


    theres a lot one can learn from that second game.

  • 8 months ago


    thank you for the artlcle, maybe you also disscussed the minority attack in Sicillian Defense.

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  • 8 months ago


    Ah very true that explains it. I forgot whites bishop was on h2-h8 as opposed to g1-a7 and blacks DSB was defended by the queen. Black played this really well indeed, some great coordination.

  • 8 months ago

    NM HowToTameADragon

    @Dmic006 - Nb5 will be met by Bg5 and after the queen moves - Bxc1 - the key difference between Nb1 and Nb5 is that black can play Qb6+ after white recaptures the bishop on c1 after Nb5 (as the knight is hanging on b5)

  • 8 months ago


    Nice article. In the second game I don't understand 23. Nb1 as opposed to Nb5. I almost always play Nb5 in that line trying to get him to c7-e6 and cutting off the light squared bishop. Also it prepares exchange sacrifice ideas or rc7. To me it just seems like an unnessarily passive move in a race position. Any insight?

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