Game #76 – The power of centralized pawns

Power of centralized pawns

It was Philidor who said, “Pawns are the soul of chess”. That is an abstract statement of course, but centralized pawns can dictate both the pace and outcome of a chess game.

In this game, I was paired with the lower-rated player Alo1. He played some unorthodox moves from the start that caused me to think as early as move five (Na4?!).

Centralized pawns – the difference between winning and losing

When you review this game, take note of my pawn on d4. After I recaptured the knight and played e5, the pawn center was established. Then the later gxf5 further solidified the pawn chain that was too much for my opponent to overcome.

Game #76 - The power of centralized pawns