In the previous lesson, we learnt the importance of pawn structures in chess; especially how they shape the game right from the opening stage. If you haven’t watched that lesson yet, you can do so by clicking here. Along those lines, we are glad to announce that we will launch a new course about the Boleslavsky Pawn Structure (also called as the ‘Boleslavsky Hole’).
What is Boleslavsky Pawn Structure?
The Boleslavsky Hole, named after the soviet Grandmaster Isaac Boleslavsky, is one of the common pawn structures in chess – it usually arises in the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defense after Black moves his pawn to e5, thereby creating a hole on the d5-square. Thus the name ‘Boleslavsky Hole’.
And after the moves 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5, White’s e-pawn occupies that hole, and this pawn structure is usually called the ‘Boleslavsky Pawn Structure’.
It gives a slight edge to White as there is no counterpart for White’s c-pawn. Therefore, White has a pawn majority on the queenside, which can eventually lead to the formation of passed pawns for White in the endgame.
About the course “Boleslavsky Pawn Structures”
First, I’m glad to inform you that I am the author of this course. 😊 And, the course will be released on Saturday, 30 May.
Why this Course?
- Pawn structures can define opening, middlegame and even ending play! That means that it impacts all the 3 stages of the chess game.
- Understanding pawn structures can make you find the moves to play in a position easily.
- The Boleslavsky Pawn Structure is a VERY popular structure (not an opening!) that arises from many different positions, such as the Sicilian Defense, the King’s Indian Defense, and the English Opening, to name a few.
- This is NOT a course about a specific opening, but a course to improve the general UNDERSTANDING of the game.
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Chess Strategies that Grandmasters Use
While you wait for the course release in the next few days, today I would like to share with you the right way to define your middlegame strategy, i.e. how you can find the right plan in the middlegame so that you know exactly what you should do, how you should develop your attack, and eventually win more games.
In this lesson, I’ll show you a game played between Evgeny Postny and Gleb Kaganskiy; and they played the Sicilian Sveshnikov, in which the Boleslavsky Pawn Structure arises. I’ve explained how White came up with a solid middlegame plan when this pawn structure came up in the opening, which relates to the topic of the new course – it’s not just about the opening, but the general understanding of the game.
Watch the video lesson below:
Have you played with or against this pawn structure? If so, please share your experience in the comments below.