Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pawn storm: When is it called for?

When is it time to start a pawn storm? Is anything good written on this topic that someone can point to?

So far, I have seen that when you have castled on opposite sides, you should consider storming her king with pawns rather than pieces. When castled on the same side, consider storming her king with pieces rather than pawns, so you can maintain king safety.

But there's got to be more to it than that.

4 Comments:

Blogger Temposchlucker said...

A pawn storm has to be started BEFORE the hostile king castles. If he is stuck in the middle you can kill him in his bed:)

6/21/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

If the center is closed, normally you attack with Pawns on the wing where you have more space.

If the center is not closed, there are still cases where you want to do a pawn-storm (like the minority attack in the exchange Queen's Gambit, or either side of the Sicilian (which is also actually a form of minority attack)). More often you'll want to play in the center or to attack with pieces on the wing.

6/23/2006 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

I bet the art of attack by Vuknovich has something to say on this.

6/23/2006 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger classplayer said...

Try Seirawan's Winning Chess Strategy. I like tht book.

6/25/2006 01:41:00 PM  

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