If you often find yourself in positions where you are running out of moves… and you don’t know what went WRONG…
Next time, pay good attention to your pawn structure.
Understanding the pawn structure is exactly what most lower-rated players mess up most often—crippling their own pieces and wrecking their own king’s safety.
What’s worse? They don’t even know that their pawn play sucks.
After all, it’s the LEAST VALUABLE piece in their army. They can’t even attack that much. They only exist for meaningless exchanges.
A big mistake! You see, pawns are the soul of chess. They don’t do much outside, but they control everything from the inside. Your pawns define your play.
Pawn islands, pawn chains, hanging pawns, backward pawns, isolated pawns… every pawn structure comes with its own merits and demerits.
And who best to analyze and explain them than one who has been a lifelong specialist in strategic play? IM Zlatanovic is here with his brand-new course Elements of Pawn Structures…
… where he demystifies the art of pawn play and makes it accessible for everyone with his crystal-clear commentary.
Here’s what you are going to learn:
- Pawn majority with control. Pawn majority is most effective where you get CONTROL… if the pawns are alone, they will fall. How to ensure they don’t? Grab the initiative and keep your opponent busy. Take a closer look at the Erenburg vs Murariu game with Zlatanovic.
- A passed pawn without prospects. So what the passer can’t be promoted to a queen? That was not the idea. A passer is a THREAT! Deflect the opponent’s best pieces to block the passer from passing… and launch your own attack on the opposite side of the board.
- Backward pawn bamboozled. Once your opponent creates a backward pawn for himself, you should try to make it as weak as possible. Exchange off the other adjacent pawns… the active minor pieces protecting it… and grab control of the square in front of it, as Karpov did against Van Der Wiel in Tilburg 1988.
- “Keep those two hanging!” Hanging pawns are double-edged. They can become extremely strong as they pass through the ranks… and can also be easy targets if your opponent prepares an attack. Just see how Gelfand exploited Grischuk’s hanging pawns and launched a killer king hunt.
- Pawn chains to the base. Every pawn chain falls if you attack its base. At the RIGHT time, though. In the Jacimovic vs Jakovljevic match in the 1995 Yugoslav championship, Black even sacrificed a knight to get pawn activity. White simply knew better… and Black didn’t even stand a chance! Find out why.
Zlatanovic not only teaches you the essential elements of the pawn structures, their advantages, and disadvantages… but also goes deep into chess theory for better understanding.
In this 9.5 hour video training, you will study EVERY pawn structure from the perspective of both sides—and be ready for your next tournament game in no time at all.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Passed Pawn. Astrom – Hall
Chapter 3. Passed Pawn. Thiede – Heinemann
Chapter 4. Passed Pawn. Ilincic – Georgiev
Chapter 5. Pawn Majority. Erenburg – Murariu
Chapter 6. Pawn Majority. Jakovenko – Wang
Chapter 7. Pawn Majority. Zlatanovic – Blohberger
Chapter 8. Backward Pawns. Polgar – Anand
Chapter 9. Backward Pawns. Karpov – Van der Wiel
Chapter 10. Backward Pawns. Morozevich – Petrushin
Chapter 11. Doubled Pawns. Hakki – Chokshi
Chapter 12. Doubled Pawns. Carlsen – Aronian
Chapter 13. Doubled Pawns. Wojtkiewicz – Andersson
Chapter 14. Hanging Pair. Gelfand – Grischuk
Chapter 15. Hanging Pair. Dokhoian – Romanishin
Chapter 16. Hanging Pair. Zlatanovic – Tasic
Chapter 17. Pawn Islands. Jusupow – Spragett
Chapter 18. Pawn Islands. Nikolic – Van Wely
Chapter 19. Pawn Islands. Comas – Markowski
Chapter 20. Isolated Pawns. Rustemov – Filippov
Chapter 21. Isolated Pawns. Chloupek – Stohl
Chapter 22. Isolated Pawns. Bu – Bruzon
Chapter 23. Pawn Chains. Jacimovic – Jakovljevic
Chapter 24. Pawn Chains. Savchenko – Iljushin
Chapter 25. Pawn Chains. Najer – Ponkratov
Meet the Author
IM Boroljub Zlatanovic [2438 FIDE]
Boroljub Zlatanovic is an International Master and a professional chess coach from Serbia. Boroljub has been coaching chess for over 15 years and his students showed outstanding results in the Youth and Junior Championships. Whether you want to improve your endgame (basic, typical, complex), middlegame (global strategy, tactics, and typical positions) or to expand and deepen the opening repertoire, you are at the right place!