Chess owes its extraordinary strategic depth to pawns. These humble pieces can take on many roles in the chess struggle. They can be blockers battering-rams self-sacrificing heroes and can even be promoted to the ranks of royalty. This book elucidates the pawn's multi-faceted nature. The author an experienced grandmaster and trainer tackles a fundamental chess topic and by investigating high-quality games from grandmaster practice provides an armory of pawn-play concepts that will help the reader make the right judgments at the board. Includes chapters on isolated pawns hanging pawns passed pawns doubled pawns backward pawns pawn-chains and pawn-islands.