Even though many ICC blitz addicts will confess that rapid chess is often sloppy and potentially very addictive, it provides constant exposure to recurring themes that provide grizzled USCF tournament players with valuable experience. Read Reverend Tim Sawyer’s excellent commentary on the addictive character of chess and his love for pretty checkmates! Even a preacher acknowledges the existence of other Gods like Caissa! I will take the addiction of chess over drugs, booze, cigarettes, reality TV, and Casinos for the rest of my life 🙂
Pawn duos influence the evaluation functions of strong chess playing programs such as Rybka, Houdini, and the Stockfish program that ICC members use directly out of the Dasher chess playing interface.
In the diagrammed chess position, Black has just played Kg6 and White could gobble up the a4 pawn if he was a greedy materialist. However, White’s center pawn duo at d5 and e5 is yearning to advance and d6 allowing Rxg3 check is the best move.
The pawn move d6 is a true “awakening of the men in the rear” type of move as it clears d5 for occupation by the marauding White Monarch. I hope if anybody happens to be reading this that they also read My System by Aron Nimzovitch.
Back to the game position……. After d6, either the d pawn or e pawn will queen by force deciding the game in White’s favor.