Additional Chess Terminology:
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 3)

Additional Chess Terminology
Defensive-Play Terms


A Blockade is used to stop an enemy Pawn advancing any further ... It's a last-gasp manouevre to prevent the Pawn from achieving Promotion.

Pawns, Knights, and Bishops are the pieces used to create Blockades ...

If it's on the same File, being a limited-mover - therefore, not being a potent attacking unit - the Pawn is the ideal piece to stop an opposing Pawn advancing ...

The most-common Blockader is the Knight, as they're able to get all over the Board, regardless of which File the advancing enemy Pawn is on ...

The Knight is preferred over the Bishop as, by the time a Pawn is free to advance for Promotion, the Board will be much clearer of material ...

Therefore, due to the long-range ability of the Bishops, they're better suited for attacking the enemy positions, rather than baby-sitting a lowly-Pawn.

Depending on the situation, a Blockade may be just a temporary measure and you can capture the nuisance Pawn, within a few moves ...

Worst-case scenario is when your opponent manages to keep your troops occupied elsewhere and your Blockading pieces remains a permanent bystander for the remainder of the battle.

Wherever possible, you'd want to capture the Pawn, rather than tie-up your valuable matieral ... But, if it's necessary to prevent an enemy Pawn from Promoting? Get. It. Stopped.

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