What is a poisoned pawn?

Oct 19, 2012, 11:46 PM |
Let's take a look at the poison Bobby Fischer took against Spassky in game 7 and 11 of the famous 1972 World Chess Championship Match. It was in the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Sicilian Defense.
What is a poisoned pawn? It's the pawn in an opening variation that if captured can present positional problems or material loss. Some of the best known are the following:
  1. -- Trompowsky Attack: Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO A45)
  2. -- Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (ECO B98)
  3. -- French Defense: Winawer Variation, Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO C18)
  4. -- Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack, Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO C40)
  5. -- London System: Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO D02)
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