Chess Lessons by Lee Duigon: Lesson Five

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Lesson 5: a few more thoughts on Pawns.

You need to move your Pawns in order to create space for your Pieces, starting on the back row, to operate. This takes some good judgment. If you move too many Pawns too far, your defense will suffer. But if you hold too many Pawns back, you’ll cramp your own army.

Most chess games start with moving the Pawn in front of the King, creating space for your Queen and bishop to come out: e4 if White, e5 if Black. Starting with the Queen Pawn is also popular: d4 or d5. Any Pawn, of course, can be moved for your first move, but for beginners the Pawn move, e2-e4 or e7-e5, is best. Note these Pawns are taking advantage of the opportunity to move two squares instead of one.

Remember, Pawns are the only men who can never move backward, never retreat. Devote some thought to any Pawn move.

During a game, as a result of captures, you may wind up with “doubled Pawns”–for example, on e5 and e4. This creates a weakness because Pawns are only able to capture diagonally: doubled Pawns can’t defend each other. This doesn’t seem to bother experts very much, but it’s relatively easy to attack a beginner who has doubled Pawns. Try to avoid them–but don’t try too hard. If capturing an enemy Rook leaves you with a doubled Pawn, you’re coming out ahead.

Always be on the lookout for the deadly “Pawn fork,” the first tactical coup I ever learned in chess. Imagine you have a Rook on c5 and a Knight on e5, and your opponent has an unmoved Pawn on d7. If it’s his move, he can move that Pawn to d6 and simultaneously attack both your pieces, each of which is much more valuable than a Pawn. Very hard to escape without losing one or the other!

And that, I think, is enough for you to digest for now.

For the next lesson we’ll take up the topic of your chess army’s special forces–the Knights.

Lee Duigon (Nov. 14th, 2018)

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Stay tuned for Lesson 6!

16 thoughts on “Chess Lessons by Lee Duigon: Lesson Five

    1. LOL!!! Wow, that’s so hilarious! 😂 I’ve never seen that before. That’s probably one of the funniest comics I’ve ever read! Thanks for sharing, Greg! Chess is weird indeed! 🤣
      BTW, how were you able to post a picture in your comment?

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      1. Good question. I found the picture on Google Images, then I opened the image in a new tab (so the URL was a link to a .jpg file rather than just a web page) and copied the full URL to the comment, and WordPress automatically converted it to a picture. I didn’t know it was going to do that. Of course, if the original file on the site Google found gets deleted, the picture will probably disappear from the comment.

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        1. .jpg (pronounced jay-peg) is a file format for photographs.

          A normal website is in a file format with code that contains both text, with instructions on how to format the text (font, size, color, etc.), and links to pictures stored in different files, with instructions on where to put them and how big to make them. The file format most associated with this is HTML, although my coding knowledge is out of date and this might not be the most commonly used anymore. Sometimes when you look at the actual address of a website in your browser, the file name will actually end with .html. But if you’re just looking at a photograph, with no text (like if you use the “open image in new tab” feature on the browser), the file format will usually be .jpg and the address at the top of the browser will end in .jpg.

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        2. Wow, that’s complicating, but the way you put it is easy to understand for me. Thanks for this information. It may come in handy. BTW, I posted a polar bear family photo using the method you taught me.

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