Weak Pawns As Targets
Seirawan Strategy Example #1
Winning Chess Strategies, Diagram 84, p138
If the Weak Pawns hadn't been been revealed (by Yasser Seirawan), we'd have to scan the board to check for them ourselves.
Take a look at the position in the ChessFlash viewer, below, (before the first move in the sequence: 1.Rxb6). Beneath that, you'll find the questions I started asking myself in order to cobble-together a strategy for identifying and attacking Weak Pawns ...
Questions to ask yourself to help
Identify and Attack Weak Pawns
So, the first question to ask yourself (Q1): "Are there any Weak Pawns in the current position?"
Next, recall Yasser Seirawan's quote, where he said "In chess, a pawn or square is only weak if it can be attacked".
That reveals the second question for you (Q2): "(Assuming Q1 reveals there are Weak Pawn structures) Are they being guarded or protected?"
So far, those two questions have revealed that Black has two Weak Pawns that are undefended.
Looking at the position in the ChessFlash viewer, we can see that it's White's turn to move, which in itself suggests a third question, (Q3): "Who's turn is it to move?"
This is important because, if it's not your turn, you won't be able to attack the enemy's Weak Pawn(s), no matter how exposed and undefended they are. And, if it's your opponent's turn and YOU have exposed and undefended Weak Pawns, you could be in for one hell of a beating!
Now that we know it's White's turn to move, we can focus on Black's Weak Pawns and determine which one to try and attack first; it may be obvious, or White may need to play his troops into positions that will enable an attack.
So, the fourth question, (Q4): "Compare Weak Pawns. Does one appear weaker than the other(s)?"
Okay, on first glance, it would appear that both of Black's selected Weak Pawns are fairly evenly matched in terms of being the first candidate to attack: they are both undefended and can both be attacked in one move.
Regardless of the opportunities on offer, perhaps one of the final questions should be introspective ...
Before launching your attack, look at your own army and ask, (Q5): "Which attack will leave my army less vulnerable?"
That analysis just leaves you to decide the course of action, (Q6): "Which Weak Pawn is your First Target?"