Pawn Structure Guide: Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
- 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:
Moving On: Cramping Pawns (Page 2).
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