The Corner Pawn Attack: a new way to attack in chess

Even though the pawn is the smallest piece in chess, both in size and in power, it is good enough to get promoted even to a queen. And it makes me think of some of the great sayings like:
  • “Every pawn is a potential queen” – James Mason
  • “I’d rather have a pawn than a finger” – Rueben Fine
  • “Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position” –Anatoly Karpov
chess pawn

Indeed, you simply cannot underestimate the power of pawns. Today, I’d like to share with you another impressive chess lesson from our guest coach GM Levan Aroshidze, and it is called the “Corner Pawn Attack in Chess”.

A corner pawn attack (CPA) is one of the most powerful and dangerous weapons in a game of chess. It can also be used at different stages of the game. Sometimes it depends on the concrete situation or position and the pawn structure.

Generally, a CPA starts when the opponent has a fianchettoed pawn structure.

Therefore, it can be used as one of the most effective methods of attack against a fianchettoed pawn structure, hence weakening the squares available to the fianchettoed bishop.

Additionally, you can employ this method of attack when you and your opponent have castled on opposite sides. Normally, in the case of opposite-side castling, you aim to attack the side where your opponent has castled and invade it with a pawn breakthrough.

GM Levan Aroshidze
This might sound a bit complex, but GM Aroshidze makes it simple for you. In this lesson, he will be sharing with you some of his own games where he has incorporated the CPA and was successful at it!

To start with, let me provide you with this example:
corner pawn attack in chess
White to play

This is a typical middlegame position where the players have castled on opposite sides. Both are yet to develop two of their minor pieces. It is White’s turn now.

How should White play here? What is the plan for White? Of course, you should not just guess a move but, rather, you have to think and focus on White’s plans. After calculating for a while, you can check the whole game by watching the video lesson below. :)

Note: We have added English subtitles to the video. It will help most of us – those who are not native speakers can understand its content better. What do you think about this idea or the lesson in general? Feel free to comment below! :)

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