Webinar 33. How to Exploit and Neutralize a Passed Pawn Properly

Webinar 33. How to Exploit and Neutralize a Passed Pawn Properly

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

Sometimes pawns are nothing and we can sacrifice even several pawns and win the game, but it’s very often when only one pawn can decide the game! I’m talking about a Passed Pawn! A passed pawn can be a result of pawn majority on a flank. Far-advanced and well-supported passed pawn can become really dangerous. That’s why any Passed Pawn should be blocked!

In some cases, it’s enough to control a queening square with one of your pieces, but there are such situations when this pawn can be sacrificed for the initiative or pieces activity. If so, the pawn should be blocked with one of the pieces mechanically. A blocker (a piece that blocks a pawn) at the same time is defended against direct attack through the file and can successfully participate in the game attacking some other squares around…

  • But how to play with a passed pawn and what to do to neutralize such a pawn?
  • What plan to apply to be able to exploit the advantage of the passed pawn?
  • How not to lose a far-advanced passed pawn?
  • And how to succeed if the pawn is blocked?

This is what I’m going to explain on my next 33rd webinar: “How to Exploit and Neutralize a Passed Pawn Properly”!

I’m going to illustrate everything by the examples of games played by top grandmasters and, of course, explain the ideas behind their moves:

  • Gregory Ravinsky – Vassily Smyslov
  • Aron Nimzowitsch – Friendrich Samisch
  • Erich Eliskases – Salo Flohr

And, of course, I prepared 2 exercises for you! So that you may try your new skills and abilities there at the webinar!

The webinar starts on Sunday (17th of May) at 10 a.m. (EDT), 2 p.m. (GMT), 5 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:


Please, don’t forget to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of high number of attendees.

See you on the webinar!

FM Victor Neustroev