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

Beginner's Guide to
Pawn Structure (Good Pawns)
[Passed Pawns]


Good Pawns
- Passed Pawns -

A Passed Pawn is GOOD because no enemy Pawn is able to prevent it from advancing towards Promotion.

Sure, your opponent may be able to block its progress with one of their more heavy-duty pieces ... But that's to your opponent's disadvantage, as it leaves a potentially useful piece 'baby sitting' a lowly Pawn.

So, while your Passed Pawn may be prevented from promoting, it may serve as a useful asset in tying up a more-potent enemy piece.

Besides the bog-standard Passed Pawn situation, there are three other Passed Pawn formations to be aware of:

  1. Connected Passed Pawns are where you have TWO Passed Pawns on adjacent Files.

  2. Protected Passed Pawns are where you have TWO Passed Pawns that start as 'Connected' Passers, but then one advances ... The trailing Passed Pawn will provide the 'Protection' to the one in front, on the adjacent File.

  3. Outside Passed Pawns are typically Passed Pawns on the 'outer' two Files on both the Kingside and Queenside of the Board ... With a reduction in enemy material, especially if your opponent is down to just Pawns and King, an Outside Passed Pawn could be out of reach and a certainty for Promotion.

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