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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