Two passed pawns advancing on the enemy pieces have brought me more than a dozen points in tournaments.  -  David Bronstein


... les Pions. Il sont l’âme des Echecs ... ... the Pawns: They are the very Life of this Game. - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor


The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance are not sufficient.  - Aaron Nimzowitsch


No pawn exchanges, no file-opening, no attack.  -  Aaron Nimzowitsch


The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard.  -  Aaron Nimzowitsch


The placing of the center pawns determines the 'topography' of a game of chess.  -  Alexander Kotov


Once upon a time supporters of the Steinitz-Tarrasch school had a very high opinion of a queen-side pawn majority. Modern strategy on the other hand categorically denies that such a majority is an independent factor of any importance.  -  Alexander Kotov


Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position.  -  Anatoly Karpov


I have found after 1.d4 there are more opportunities for richer play. -  Anatoly Karpov


I like 1.e4 very much, but my results are better with 1.d4.  -  Anatoly Karpov


A pawn, when separated from his fellows, will seldom or never make a fortune.  -  Francois-Andre Danican Philidor


It is always advantageous to exchange your king's bishop pawn for the king's pawn, since this leads to the seizure of the centre and, in addition, to the opening of a file for the rook.  -  Francois-Andre Danican Philidor


Best by test (on 1. e4)  -  Bobby Fischer


The shortcoming of hanging pawns is that they present a convenient target for attack. As the exchange of men proceeds, their potential strength lessens and during the endgame they turn out, as a rule, to be weak.  -  Boris Spassky


The power of hanging pawns is based precisely in their mobility, in their ability to create acute situations instantly.  -  Boris Spassky


Any material change in a position must come about by mate, a capture, or a Pawn - promotion.  -  Cecil Purdy


Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf.  -  Cecil Purdy


It is annoying that the rules of chess do not allow a pawn to take either horizontally or backwards, but only forwards ... This psychological tuning is ideal for attacking purposes, but what about for defence?  -  David Bronstein


I have found that after 1.d4 there are more opportunities for richer play.  -  Garry Kasparov


Two passed pawns on the sixth beat everything, up to a royal flush. -   Ian Rogers


‘My ultimate fantasy,’ she says, eyes flashing, Russian accent on full, ‘is to play e4 and d4 equally well…to be a two-headed monster. That’s a dream with some soul in it.’ - as quoted at Chessbase in 2005  -  Irina Krush


Every pawn is a potential queen.  -  James Mason


A passed pawn increase in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes.  -  Jose Capablanca


The winning of a pawn among good players of even strength often means the winning of the game.  -  Jose Capablanca


As a rule, pawn endings have a forced character, and they can be worked out conclusively.  -  Mark Dvoretsky


The most important feature of the Chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game: Opening, Middlegame and especially Endgame. The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the pawn structure.  -  Michael Stean


The pawn move is a capital investment. Every one of the forty-eight should, from the beginning, be spent as if it were one of the last forty-eight apprehensive and responsible dollars between yourself and starvation.  -  William Ewart Napier


The older I grow, the more I value pawns.  -  Paul Keres


The essential disadvantage of the isolated pawn ... lies not in the pawn itself, but in the square in front of the pawn.  -  Richard Reti


I'd rather have a Pawn than a finger.  -  Rueben Fine


An isolated pawn spreads gloom all over the chessboard.  -  Savielly Tartakower


He who fears the isolated queen's pawn should give up chess.  - Siegbert Tarrasch


White has no positional equivalent for the centralized pawn.  - Siegbert Tarrasch


The king pawn and the queen pawn are the only ones to be moved in the early part of the game.  -  Wilhelm Steinitz


Throughout chess history, great debates have raged about the pros and cons of hanging pawns. The debates are nonsense; the answer is cut and dried. If the pawns can be attacked and forced to move forward, they are weak. If they can be defended and remain where they are, they are strong.  -  Yasser Seirawan


There is no disputing that in the eyes of Schlechter, Teichmann or even Rubinstein, the backward pawn was something more substantial than lively piece play, but in our day the latter is more often preferred.  -  David Bronstein


Touch the pawns before your king with only infinite delicacy. - Anthony Santasiere