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