Question: Is there a rule(s) of thumb that every chess player should know about the double pawns?


Since it hasn't been mentioned yet, I will also put that double pawns loses control of the squares infront of them.

  • ill take note of that as well, thank you cognisMantis. – Dave Sep 18 '15 at 2:35

Bad: They can't defend each other like adjacent pawns can.

Good: They give you an extra open file for your rooks.

Usually the bad outweighs the good, but there are a zillion exceptions. Most beginners are overly afraid of having doubled pawns.

  • haha, your right. I panic like hell if that happens. Mostly for having hardly any knowledge. Time to work on that. thank you for your answer. – Dave Sep 15 '15 at 1:07
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    If you capture towards the center with your c- or f-pawn, it can also help controlling important squares near the center. – Steinar Lima Sep 15 '15 at 15:54
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    If it were down to me, barely worth 1750 FIDE, I would say as a real beginner don't worry about doubled pawns. Instead make sure you don't give away material at each move, learn some of the basic checkmates, make sure you get your pieces out, keep your king covered and on a really good day see if you can make some kind of plan. Doubled pawns are a few levels above. – Ian Bush Sep 17 '15 at 19:27
  • haha, you are spot on ian bush..i move move, then i lost a bishop and a knight. I was really worried my double pawns were the main cause of my misery on board. – Dave Sep 18 '15 at 0:32
  • That is not a really good approach to learning chess and things in general I believe Ian. Double pawns is part of the same game either you are a beginner or not. Beginners lose games because they give away material but also sometimes because of double pawns so that concept affects their games directly. The sooner you get the big picture for chess the sooner you will start improving your game, otherwise if you skip things because mistakenly you think your level is not ready for them you will remain beginner forever. – kostas Sep 30 '15 at 11:53

Isolated double pawns are considered as weakness in general except rare occasions where they play a crucial role in defending important squares. There is no general rule of pawn islands with double pawns close to the centre and each case should be analyzed separately. These pawns are not considered as a weakness since they can either establish a strong centre or can be un-doubled easily.

  • Thanks again kostas. I made another few notes in my book. – Dave Sep 18 '15 at 0:33

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