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Power to the Pawns!
Compiled by takchess
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The pawn is by far the weakest man on the board...yet a single one often makes the difference between victory and defeat. Here are some examples of pawn play at its finest.


Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

H Johner vs E J Diemer, 1956 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 42 moves, 0-1

E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Marshall, 1925 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

P Kranzl vs Blatny, 1991 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956 
(C58) Two Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

Sheldon vs Philidor, 1790 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Petrovsky, 1946 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Zhe Quan vs E Tate, 2001 
(A43) Old Benoni, 55 moves, 0-1

Z Kozul vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

Dreev vs Kamsky, 1987 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Stein, 1962 
(E70) King's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

M van der Werf vs Nijboer, 2001 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Keres, 1961 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 53 moves, 0-1

Marjanovic vs V Ciocaltea, 1980 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Stefansson, 2004 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

Mikhalchishin vs Pavasovic, 1999  
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs A Istratescu, 2004 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 63 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Ghitescu, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Stahlberg vs Keres, 1967 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

H Erdogan vs P Varley, 2001 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 32 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs P F Schmidt, 1943 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 30 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Gligoric, 1963 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 43 moves, 1-0

Hoi vs Larsen, 1989 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 68 moves, 1-0

J Cervenka vs J Schauer, 1993 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Beliavsky, 1993 
(C15) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

J Smeets vs Nunn, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Ivanchuk, 1996
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

J Nogueiras vs Ivanchuk, 2006 
(A13) English, 42 moves, 0-1

H Steiner vs Fine, 1947
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

M Bier vs E Schallopp, 1885
(C47) Four Knights, 30 moves, 0-1

M Abeln vs A Minasian, 2003 
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 0-1

Kavalek vs Suttles, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

J Esser vs Marshall, 1911 
(C15) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

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