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Weaknesses appear after a pawn move. For instance if White moves his d-pawn here, it will create a couple of weak squares around (b3, c4, d3 ,e4, f3). Here’s an important thing to note: all these weak squares are on the same color. Which piece can protect the squares of the same color? You guessed it! It’s the bishop. Well, the queen can also get the job done, but the queen can be attacked by opponent’s minor pieces. And come on, the queen is way too powerful to be assigned to such a boring job of guarding a weak square!

That’s why it must be delivered to the place of operation. In contrast to the knight, other pieces can work at a long distance. Take a look at this diagram: 49 The White’s long-range pieces can attack the Black’s king from the 1st rank. Moreover, even if we move White’s pieces forward (Ba1-d4, Qg1-g4) – it will not change much in this particular situation. They still attack on the same directions. An opposite situation happens with the knight. If we place it on the 1st rank – it’ll be totally passive.

Ok, let me remind you that we are still talking about the 1st function of pawn: they are objects for attack. Here are the main CONCLUSIONS: (1) (2) (3) Connected pawns are strong, disconnected pawns are weak While attacking weak pawns, you should trade minor pieces and leave heavy pieces. Your may advance pawns when you have at least equal pieces’ activity with your opponent. 48 Next, we will analyze the 2nd function of pawns: pawns can favor or hamper pieces’ activity. First let’s talk about a very IMPORTANT and popular topic: weak squares.

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