Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1

In this series it’s all about strategy for club players, explained in a simple way with clear examples! The idea is to focus on certain themes using specific pawn structures. The central question is: how can the pieces be manoeuvred into good positions and what should we then consider? IM Herman Grooten will offer rules-of-thumb and concepts to give clubchess players the necessary guidance to try and find the right paths in their own games.

In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures, ones that appear quite often in games and that will be very recognisable to club-chess players. Hence, the topics “Open and half-open files” and “the pawn chain” will be covered extensively on this video course.

• Video running time: 6 hours 30 Minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Model Games and Training with ChessBase apps - Play key pawn structures


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • Introduction
  • Fundamentals Part 1
  • Definitions 1
  • Definitions 2
  • To create doubled pawns: Spiesberger-Galdunts
  • To create doubled pawns: Van Wely-Short
  • To get rid of doubled pawns: Constructed Position
  • To win with tripled pawns: Lysyj-Ernst
  • To play against a backward pawn: Estrin
  • To deal with tension between two pawns: Gerlagh-Mollema
  • Tension: Hibma-Breuker
  • Tension: Fischer-Taimanov
  • Typical structures: Suba-Zadrima
  • Fundamentals Part 2
  • Capture towards the center: Babula-Rustemov
  • Capture off the center: Carlsen-Naiditsch
  • Capture off the center Topalov-Van Wely
  • Capture off the center: Gershon-Shinkevich
  • Capture off the center: Atalik-Metin
  • Capture off the center: Lanchava-Schuurman
  • Release the tension: Sokolov-Marcelin
  • The pawn chain, attacking the base: Moskalenko-Fedorchuk
  • The Isolated Queen's Pawn - attacking plan: Roiz-Beccaris
  • The Passed Pawn: Van der Wiel-Haver
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Open and Half-Open File Part 1
  • Backward pawn: Gheorghiu-Shapiro
  • Minority-attack: Van den Berg-Kramer
  • Manoeuvres in front of the pawns: Gashimov-Ivanchuk
  • Open file and seventh rank: Zivanic-Kovacevic
  • Open up files with the king in the center 1: A.Haast-Coenen
  • Open up files with the king in the center 2: Avrukh-Schripkenko
  • Which is the right file? 1: Leniart-Kriebel
  • Which is the right file? 2: Berg-Bareev
  • Open and Half-Open File Part 2
  • Eliminating defender 1: Suba-Spraggett
  • Eliminating defender 2: NN-NN
  • Eliminating defender 3: Anastasian-Chatalbashev
  • Entering the seventh rank 1: Kveinys-Comp
  • Entering the seventh rank 2: Leko-Mamedyarov
  • Demolishing the seventh rank: Fleming-Knopf
  • Queen entering on the right way: Grandelius-Sokolov
  • The back rank 1: NN
  • The back rank 2: Lautier-Onischuk
  • The sixth rank: Kasparov-Gavrikov
  • Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • The Pawn Chain
  • Instructive Example
  • Attacking the chain with White
  • Attacking the chain with Black
  • Demolish the structure 1: Moskalenko-Fedorchuk
  • Demolish the structure 2: Forgacs-Tartakower
  • Demolish the structure 3: Hess-P.Gerlagh
  • Making use of a space advantage: Ostovic-Rogul
  • Standard Sacrifice 1: P.Kuipers-P.Gerlagh
  • Standard Sacrifice 2: Kosten-Adrian
  • King’s Indian Defense Overview
  • Model Game for White: Korchnoi-Van Wely
  • Model Game for Black: Tratat-Ye Jiangchuan
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
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