Jan 1, 2010, 7:07 AM
An isolated pawn is weak because it has no protecting pawns on either side to give it support. A pawn that has anouther peice protecting it is still weak since it prevents that peice from doing anything else. White is forced into a defensive game. Below is an example from "Play Winning Chess" illustrating how even a defended pawn is week.
I have won a couple of games here online but I have a long way to go. I was at a New Years party and some random person spanked me. It can be a little discouraging to be trying to learn only to get horrible beat. Part of it was playing a face to face person on a real board. it was like I just did not see stuff and felt the time pressure so I made embarrassing stupid moves, loosing my queen in the 4th move. It was all downhill form there.
I was also playing black. I now see that it may be more important for black to reconize openings and opening theory even than perhaps white. When playing online the rules say that you can use the game explorer during a game. However doing that all the time online did not help me at all looking someone in the eye.
I feel like the guy that just got beat up on the beach and wants to train so he can go back and fight his bully.
I hope that in a couple of years of doing a few lessons a day I can improve. At that time I will look back on this blog post and remember how far I have come and perhaps even give hope to others.
I don't want to give up chess, I have met some neat people here and just have to improve if I keep working. I have to remind myself that my main opponent is myself and just improving.