The Power of the Passed Pawn in Chess | Endgame Lesson | Beginner Level | IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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Many chess players underestimate the meaning of the endgame and think that it is more important to be good in the opening and middlegame stage. However, many chess games rarely end in the opening or middlegame phase, which is why a basic understanding of king and pawn endgames is very important. In this series, you will learn basic principles and techniques in the endgame, in particular in king and pawn endgames.

In this video, IM Andrey Ostrovskiy you will show you strategies how to play with different kind of passed pawns.

What is a passed pawn („Passer“)? A passed pawn is a pawn, which has no opponent’s pawns on his way, neither on the same file nor on the adjacent files.

What is so special about passed pawns?
We know that the pawn that reaches the back rank promotes to another piece, usually to a queen. That means that the side which manages to promote the own pawn usually achieves the decisive material advantage. That is why it is so important to promote the pawn.

Advanced passed pawns which are connected (also called: connected passed pawns) and reach the 6th rank simply beat the rook. It does not really matter if the king can support these pawns to get promoted. The only condition is that the opponent’s king is far away from the area where these pawns are placed.

How to neutralize or stop a passed pawn?
The best way and the best possible defense is of course to capture the passed pawn or just to grab this pawn, but sometimes it is not possible. In other cases, the most solid defence is actually to blockade the passed pawn, which means just to put a piece in front of it. The blockade is a quite solid method in the sense of stopping the pawn. It is also important to blockade the passed pawn as soon as possible.

The rook should be placed behind the pawn:
Another important principle regarding passed pawns is to put the rook behind the passed pawn. It does not matter if it is your pawn or your opponent’s pawn. This principle is valid for both cases. This method against the pawn promotion is shown in the video.

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10 Comments

  1. How did you like this lesson? Let us know your questions and comments, we’ll be happy to answer them!

  2. Please upload more endgame videos like this more….!!!! Amazed why people are not supporting these type of videos as like for the middle games…!!! Please dont be discouraged for not getting any comments and view for this video.. I liked… please post more… I support you people..

  3. One doubt… What is the problem with the Part 3 problem on Passed pawn.. I solved by deflecting the opposite King but and capture Knight and try to promote my pawn.. But the problem is not functioning after this move…

  4. Great Work and can you please upload about Isolated Queen Pawn.

  5. Just came here to say you should also get some type of Patreon tiers. Love your site and its learning structure!

  6. Passed pawn III exercise is tough to complete. I tried it in both opera on iPad and Firefox on mobile, it might work better on computer. Moving pawn to take knight doesn’t work properly, I managed to trick it into working by taking knight, then moving that pawn (which does not move) forward, then promoting, then suddenly pawn snapped to the left and correctly took knight.

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