Pawn Structure Guide: Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

Beginner's Guide to
Pawn Structure (General Formations)
[Closed Positions]

General Formations
- Closed Positions -

Similar to the Open Positions just mentioned, (above), we've also covered Closed Positions in the Chess Game Types article, where it was referred to, instead, as a "Closed Game" ...

There's no voodoo being used, they both describe a situation where Bishops, in particular, find themselves blocked in by the arrangement of Pawns.

In that article, the focus was on the two minor pieces - the Knights and Bishops - and how the Knights, with their jumping ability, are better suited to a Closed situation.

In THIS article, as seen in the video, above, we're focusing on the role of the Pawns and how their development leads to the Closed Positions, which make life difficult for your ground runners (Bishops, Rooks and Queens).

We'll repeat what we said for the Open Position ... When it comes to learning what makes a Closed Position:

  • Look at where the Pawns go;
  • Look at how the Pawns are spread;
  • Look at how the positions of the Pawns obstruct the paths of the Bishop(s).

The focus is on the Bishops because they're usually first into battle, among the long-distance pieces.

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