Every Pawn Structure Explained

Every Pawn Structure Explained

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How does a master quickly know the key plans in a position?

He or she can examine the pawn structure and quickly know the essential ideas for both sides. GM Johan Hellsten begins his series, explaining every important structure, by examining four key structures that are most common in 1.d4 openings.

  • How do you play with and against the isolated d-pawn?
  • How should you evaluate hanging pawn positions?
  • What are the ideas behind the popular Carlsbad structure?
  • How can you handle the big center in the Grunfeld and Semi-Tarrasch?
  • What are the ideas in the trendy Open Catalan?
  • How can you fight for a win in the symmetrical Exchange Slav structure?
  • What should you look for in sharp Scheveningen and Dragon structures?
The Isolated d-Pawn: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Isolated d-Pawn: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The isolated d-pawn, might be the most famous structural imbalance in all of chess. GM Johan Hellsten explains the key ideas for both sides.
21 min
5 Challenges
Hanging Pawns: Every Pawn Structure Explained

Hanging Pawns: Every Pawn Structure Explained

Hanging pawns, usually two pawns connected on the d-and-c-files are some of the trickiest structures to play. GM Johan Hellsten lets you know what to look for with or against the hanging pawns.
19 min
5 Challenges
The Carlsbad: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Carlsbad: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Queen's Gambit, The Caro-Kann, and even the London System can lead to the famous Carlsbad pawn structure. GM Johan Hellsten demonstrates the key plans and tactics.
20 min
5 Challenges
The Semi-Tarrasch Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Semi-Tarrasch Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

In the Grunfeld and Semi-Tarrasch Defenses White often builds a big center and Black tries to undermine it. GM Johan Hellsten explains what both sides are aiming for.
20 min
5 Challenges
The Open Catalan Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Open Catalan Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Catalan is one of the most popular openings at the top level today. GM Johan Hellsten demonstrates the key ideas for both sides in this tricky structure.
21 min
5 Challenges
The Exchange Slav Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Exchange Slav Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Exchange Slav has a reputation as a boring opening, but despite the symmetry, both sides have chances to play for a win. GM Johan Hellsten demonstrates the key ideas.
23 min
5 Challenges
The Scheveningen Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Scheveningen Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

GM Johan Hellsten begins his overview of Sicilian structures with the Scheveningen, a favorite of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov!
27 min
5 Challenges
The Dragon Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The Dragon Structure: Every Pawn Structure Explained

The dragon structure often leads to sharp play in both the Sicilian and the English Opening. GM Johan Hellsten demonstrates the key plans and tactics for both sides.
25 min
5 Challenges

Every Pawn Structure Explained

Strategy
8 Lessons
176 Minutes
40 Challenges
Released November 30, 2021
9,018 Students