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Get a Compensation for an Isolated Pawn

"In chess, an isolated pawn is a pawn which has no friendly pawn on an adjacent file. An isolated queen`s pawn is often called an isolani. Isolated pawns are usually a weakness because they cannot be protected by other pawns."(wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some openings which "produce" such an Isolated Pawn  "automatically"  For example  many variations in Semi-Tarrasch-Defense

As Isolated pawns have a strong tendency to become a weakness, there has to be found some compensation for it. The knight outpost on e5 is a typical one







In the following game GM Symslov got such a good compensation by a well-placed rook on the seventh row supported by a typical knight outpost on e5



Comments


  • 18 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    To look more concretely at the position:

    Isn`t this a clear lead in development for White? May be he will coninue with Bd6, Rac1 and c4

  • 18 months ago

    thought_control

    I have been playing the French and I willingly go into the line: 1 e4 e6 2 Nf3 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 d4 c5 and now White can choose to go against a Black IQP position or allow Black to play c4.  This is just amateur talk but I do not think it is an unknown line.  I seem to get a lot more piece activity which is jump started with 5 dxc5 Bxc5.  

  • 18 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    "I would definitely not play 15...Nc6. I would continue with 15..Rb8"

    But after 15. ... Rb8 may be 16. a4! intending Ba3 ( pin + Bd6) would be strong

  • 18 months ago

    StevieBlues

    Great stuff. Thanks

  • 18 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    In the following example Black exchanged the knight outpost successfully. He could complete his development:

     



  • 18 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    That`s right! Exchanging the Ne5 would would tranform the Isolated pawn into a strong center pawn. Concretely Black would have become problems in development as the following variation shows:

     



  • 18 months ago

    nuclearslurpee

    @coleam: if 12. ...Bxe5, 13. dxe5 gives White a strong e5 pawn and the bishop pair, with a bonus opportunity to isolate Black's pawn with, say, Nxd5. White may also be able to play Bxh7 although I don't see an immediate win in that position.

  • 18 months ago

    CP6033

    Cool, Isolated pawns are only worth it if it is stongly positioned and guarded. Also it takes material to guard

  • 18 months ago

    coleam

    I like this post!  I've always thought that a isolated pawn is always bad, but now maybe it isn't one of the worst things.  Also, in the game you show us, on move 12, shouldn't black take the outposted knight if it's so strong?

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