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Defending against passed pawns

You already know that a passed pawn can be very dangerous. You obviously want to defend against this threat.

Basic defense plans against passed pawns are:

  • block a passed pawn by occupying its promotion square
  • stop a passed pawn by controlling its promoting square
  • counterattacks
  • stalemate tricks

It may be necessary to sacrifice material in order to prevent a pawn’s promotion. If you’re up in material, this is not necessarily fatal.

What do you have to do?
Defend against the threat of passed pawns.

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