3 important principles of pawn storm

The pawn storm is generally regarded as a situation in which the pawns form a ‘chain’ are creating a ‘storm’ with the main aim of attacking the opponent’s king by opening lines (files) for attack. Pawn storm often facilitates sudden tactics and fiercely sacrifices that allow one to deliver a successful attack against the opponent’s King.
There are certain important principles you should keep in mind when you want to attack your opponent’s king with a pawn storm or to successfully defend your opponent’s pawn storm. What are they? 🙂

you may like to see IM Asaf Givon’s lesson on “5 most important attacking principles”.
Today our guest coach IM Asaf Givon will share these secrets with you. He has prepared a very instructive video in which he will share the ideas that helped him to play in this strong and competitive manner. You can watch the video below:


  •  Put your King to the other side of the board (opposite to the side of your ‘pawn storm’) before starting the pawn storm
  • When your opponent starts a pawn storm on one side, you should close the lines (files) there
  •  Try to exchange your opponent’s key defensive piece – eliminating the defender

  • Suggested
    you may like to see our lesson on “Basic conditions for a successful attack” which also deals with the pawn storm and the pawn islands.

    Author information
    IM Asaf Givon

    Asaf Givon is an International Master from Kfar Saba, Israel. His age is 22 and playing chess since 7. He is also playing for the Kfar Saba team in the first Israeli Chess League. He got the IM title in 2013, and ever since then, he is on the road to achieve the GM title. He currently has 2 norms.

    He is teaching chess since he was 16 and he’s always very happy to teach people and to spread his love to the game.

    P.S. Have you won any game(s) with pawn storm or successfully defended your opponent’s pawn storm? 🙂 Please write in the comments below.

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    4 simple ways to deal with time trouble!

    Recently, I have received a couple e-mails from my students who are having a hard time dealing with time trouble. And if you are one of those chess players who experiences problems with this dilemma often, then you are in for a treat. Right here, I will lay down certain tips and tricks that will help you combat this over-the-board (OTB) problem. 🙂
    Very often, we see the following situation: a player plays a good game, gets an advantage, but then appears in a time trouble! Under the time pressure, he makes an annoying mistake and even loses in the end!
    chess timeSuch a situation is certainly frustrating. And the recommendations I’m about to give will help set yourself free from the chains of the time trouble.

    1) First and foremost, there is a great difference between thinking and having doubts:

    In most cases, a chess player THINKS only during the first few minutes after the opponent makes his move. After that, he starts to check the SAME variations again and again. Not contented, he starts to worry about the consequences, and try to find 100% ideal move, and the cycle goes on and on.
    Guess what? This cycle doesn’t help at all! This only creates chaos in his head and totally mixes things up. Finally, after going through the same variations, worrying about the consequences, and vainly searching for the perfect move, he does something ridiculous… and you should know what happens next.
    What to do?
    To avoid this typical, VERY frustrating, and game-breaking scenario, keep these in mind:
  • Do NOT calculate 1 variation 2 times: You may not be the BEST calculator around but when you sit at the board, you only have yourself to trust.
  • Suggested
    you may like to read our article “10 ways to improve in chess”.
    This also brings us to the next advice:

    2) Use your intuition:intuition chess

    Look, even a computer – whether it’s Rybka, Fritz, or even that supercomputer Hydra, CANNOT calculate all of the lines until the end and come to a 100 percent correct conclusion. Having said that, we may conclude that trying to judge the outcome of the game for MANY moves ahead is a wasted effort.
    Oftentimes, you will find yourself in a situation where you have 2 or 3 logical moves and there’s no way you can calculate the lines until the end or come to a certain conclusion.
    What to do?
    Use your intuitionThis means you should choose a move, which came to your mind FIRST (which seemed good for you at first sight on a position) and then do only the needed calculation to verify that the move is tactically good. This is a very powerful advice! Check it in your practice, and you’ll see that it works great!

    3) Make normal moves:

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    Most often, a game is decided by a mistake of one player (NOT by a brilliant play of his opponent). Thus, it’s more important to avoid mistakes, than to find 100% perfect moves all the time.
    Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Don’t try to make 100% correct moves all the time. NORMAL move is good enough in most cases.
    Even the greatest players like Karpov follow this advice! The former World Champion, when faced with a branching point in one of his games, go for the sound, normal, and generally good move… the one that requires the least amount of calculation.
    He didn’t win ALL of his games, BUT he won MOST of them. Heck! He is a former World Champion. You’d do great by following his footsteps. 🙂dividerBefore getting into the fourth advise, let me tell you one little story.
    Recently I got a message from a chess player, a close follower of my blog to be precise. He explained his chess problems, and one of them was constant time trouble. I recommended one of my chess courses, which contains the answers to most of his questions.
    He answered: “Yes, I was thinking about your courses since the last month, but couldn’t decide which one to start with!
    I could not hold the smile and laugh a bit. It’s not surprising that he has a time trouble in chess, isn’t it? He thought about one simple decision during more than a month!!!
    In an old manual for Samurais, I found the following quote (chess is a model of war by the way, so samurai’s wisdom is suitable for chess):
    Man should make a decision during 7 breathing in. If thinking takes too long, the result will be lamentable.
    So the fourth advice is….

    4) Decide and act quickly!

    If you have time troubles in chess, then you probably have problems when it comes to making decisions in life. Procrastination is a habit you want to get rid of.
    frank marshall chess quoteI know many people who spent tons of time to decide which of my courses to order. Meanwhile, they lost the most important thing – TIME. It was much better to make ANY decision, but to make it quickly and to start going forward.
    ANY decision moves you forward! If your decision was wrong, then you will know that this thing does not work. You learn something from it, and it’s going to be useful in the future. Then you will start finding another solution and you will always keep going forward!
    On the other hand, the one who doesn’t make a decision (or postpone it) will be stuck on his current place. He’ll have no progress whatsoever! That person who goes forward (who makes a decision and learns from it), will easily outrun him!
    Another example: some people wait several months to get my course with a discount. Again, they will save a few bucks, but lose TIME. I strongly advice that you make decisions, and make them quickly! ANY decision is better than nothing!
    For example, if you think that my lessons don’t help you – reject them completely. Unsubscribe from my mailing list and start searching for something else.
    If you think that my lessons are useful – then what are you waiting for?! Order the complete chess courses and start studying them NOW!
    If you only read these blog-posts, you still get something useful, BUT it’s very little compared to what my complete chess courses offer. Of course, I keep the better and BIGGER stuff in my complete courses. Make a decision! 🙂
    Our life consists of TIME: years, months, days, minutes…
    Thus, a loss of time shortens your life.
    A loss of time is a little suicide.
    So make decisions. And make them quickly!
  • In most cases you should NOT spend more than 3 minutes on 1 move. You may need to spend more time on crucial and highly tactical positions, but 3 minutes is the average for every move.

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    Release of the chess course “Crushing the King”

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    Why attack?

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    Attack is an art that every chess player should master. When we play a chess game it is very important to have the ability to start an attack in order to win the game. Many students have the problem in starting the attack and in the delivering of the final blow. They do not know how to provoke weaknesses in the position of the opponent’s King .
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