Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Breakthrough 1 & 2

The 2 position above with white to move are classic breakthrough positions where white can force a passed pawn. I can muddle through what are the correct moves. But I wonder, Are there rules of thumbs to use as to what the correct pawn move should be in these positions??


  • At 5:10 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    Breakthru's are basically pawn sacs where you use your pawn(s) as a decoy to free the way for one of your pawns. Since both sides get a past pawn, it is important who queens first.

    Diagram 1
    1.g6 is the only move that attacks 2 pawns, so white MUST take and cannot block. For instance 1. ... fxg6. Since the f-pawn is decoyed away the f-file is half free. So you have to sac your h-pawn in order to decoy the g7 pawn.

  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    In diagram 2 no breakthru is possible. I haven't seen any general rules for breakthru's. It's just trial and error and always look to ALL answers of black: take, move up or do nothing.

  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    Even after a closer look I see no breakthru for white in diagram 2.
    1.f6 is met by gxf6 and 1.g5 by f6 (which might even lose for white)

  • At 12:59 AM, Blogger likesforests said…

    The first position is well-known, so remember it. In the second position there aren't any breakthroughs.

    The key to spotting breakthroughs is to look for them when the opposing king is far, far away (or more specifically, outside or at the edge of the square of one of your pawns).


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