by Mikhail Cugovsky
'Pawns are the soul of chess' said the great French chess player Philidor back in the 18th century.
The way in which pawns are deployed often decides the outcome of a game, since pawn structure forms the skeleton around which the body of the game is played. 'Only a pawn' makes no sense in chess.
Win more games by studying these examples of powerful pawnplay from the games of the grandmasters.