Pawns Can Not Retreat

It’s important to be careful when advancing pawns because unlike other pieces they are unable to retreat. As they are also largely responsible for the defence of their king such advances tend to lead to issues over king safety.

In the first game on the following video Anatoly Karpov quite uncharacteristically moves all his pawns forward and might well have lost had Garry Kasparov not offered a draw.

I was in Lyons for the open tournament at the time of this match so it brings back some memories. Especially about the weather as it was freezing cold!

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.