Classical Games Everybody Should Know: Isolated Pawn, Part Two
In the first part of this article we started analysis of the classical position with an Isolated Queen Pawn where Black's e6-pawn is moved to c6. This kind of position happened in many games of the famous match La Bourdonnais - McDonnell. Today we'll look at more games from this match and try to find a way to use the knowledge of this type of position in your own games.
In many games Alexander McDonnell true to his active style, stubbornly tried to push the 'f' pawn to grab the initiative. It is easy to criticize him having the advantage of 177 years of experience, but today every schoolboy knows that in the positions with Isolated Queen Pawn it is White who usually has the initiative on the King's Side. Of course it has become common knowledge today thanks to the great chess players of the past. Therefore all the terrible beatings McDonnell got in these games were not in vain. The next generations of chessplayers greatly benefited from them!
Try to find the way La Bourdonnais punished his opponent for his positional mistakes.
(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your tactical skills, so the games are given as a Quiz. Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list.")