Protected Passed Pawn

Yury Markushin

Protected passed pawn is one of the strongest structures in the pawn endgame. Not only does it threaten promotion but also it cannot be captured by the opponent’s king since it is protected by another pawn.

Protected passer gives a huge positional advantage in the king and pawn endgame, because it restricts the opponent king’s movement, and allows your own king to gain space and activity.

Let’s take a look at the following example to understand the full strength of the protected pawn structure.

Here are the most important things you need to know about protected passed pawn:
1. Protected passed pawn is usually used to keep the opponent’s king busy. It is like your opponent is playing a “king down”.

 Protected Passed Pawn
2. Meanwhile, your own king can be used to capture the opponent’s pawns.

3. Then, your king should be used to support the protected passed pawn for promotion.

 Protected Passed Pawn

We also recommend reviewing the 5 King and Pawn Endgame Tricks Every Chess Player Must Know.

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Updated 12.16.2023


Gokula Anand:
The mention of King inside square and so the pawn can be captured before promotion is a good information