Great players always had and still have more than just broad theoretical knowledge. Every one of them has a favorite chess strategy which simply helps to score more points.
The greatest even have favorite pawn structures! And they immediately exploited the knowledge of others – Alekhine invented some interesting structures, which were copied by his opponent in that game (Rubinstein), and later exploited by Botvinnik and then by Kramnik!
The most popular type of central pawn structure is the isolated pawn.
All classical players employed this structure at a very high level because it was and is considered a must for grandmasters.
And the great Tarrasch said – “Who is afraid of the Isolani, those have to stop chess!” We can say the same about other structures!
About the Author:
Adrian Mikhalchishin, a Grandmaster since 1978, is currently among the top 5 world trainers and the Chairman of the FIDE Trainers Commission.
He trained the team of USSR in the 1980s, national teams of Slovenia, Poland, and the Netherlands, and was the trainer of Anatoly Karpov (1980-1986), trained Zsuzsa Polgar, Alexander Beliavsky, Maja Chiburdanidze, Arkadij Naiditsch, and Vassily Ivanchuk.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.