Pawns

 

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