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What is a simple counter to an advance of pawns? Please provide something straight forward, to at least give me a fighting chance.
As a low-level player, I frequently encounter an opponent who masterfully advances most or all of the pawns. This pressure of the pawns forces me to play defensive and I can't mount an attack.
If I exchange pieces that leaves my king exposed. If I try to move pieces, that opens me up to attack.
The end game, if it gets to that stage, puts me in an impossible position.
I think the rule of thumb is:
If your opponent advances on the flanks, you have to try and break open the center
Thanks rooperi! I'll keep that in mind. It'll probably take a few tries to determine how to be effective, but that is the sort of tip I was seeking.
Open up the center and pay attention to the diagonals of access to the weakened side.
Thanks goldendog! I now have a new weapon against those darn pawns.
Try to undermine a pawn chain by attacking it's base pawn.
when i face off against opponents who keep pushing pawns in the opening, i usually just laugh and type insults into the chat (yeah, i'm a dick sometimes) while they keep pushing pawns and i just keep developing normally. yes it makes it difficult to attack right away (which i like to do) but usually it just weakens their position. be patient and look to attack their weak/backwards pawns.
Thank you Spielkalb. I am aware of the tactic you mention. By the time I realize I am in trouble with advanced pawns, it is often too late to try to maneuver and nab the base pawn.
I look to capture the base pawn if I have pieces and postion.
trigs, I have noticed that patience can work to one's advantage, especially with players rated lower than me. The darn "better" players seem to play flawlessly against me.
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