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Power of Pawns

Power of Pawns

Nov 1, 2011, 3:45 AM 0

An ancient French chess master named Philidor once quoted: "The pawns are the soul of chess." I claim it to be true, for these pieces form the outcome of the game. Pawns can create formations for offensive or defensive purposes, and in the endgame, they can promote to a queen, so both forces having these will try until death to defend them while advancing towards the 8th rank or the 1st rank. To demonstrate, here is a game played by Philidor (with the Black pieces):



Philidor manages to pass his pawn to the 2nd rank, with no support, since the White King is distracted to hampering Black's other pawn.

In another game, a French chess master named Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais, using the Black pieces, demonstrates the power of pawns against the Irish chess master Alexander McDonnell.


La Bourdonnais demonstrated how lethal passed pawns are to the opponent.

I hope that you learned a bit from the 2 games about pawns.

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