Questions tagged [pawn-structure]

Questions concerning the overall configuration of pawns in a game, e.g. what pawn structure features should be sought or avoided, when to alter the structure, how to work with one's pieces in a given structure, etc.

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Defensive strategy relying on a wall of pawns

I have been playing chess again for two or three months, after a period of about twenty years of interruption. In a game against a human adversary, I noticed that my opponent was taking the time to ...
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Positional chess understanding in the early game

As Black, when given a choice of taking the White's pawn, for what reason should I consider taking d5 pawn with e6 pawn? Wouldn't this open up the king's file and put it at risk of being attacked in ...
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How to break through their “Great Wall of China”

It's my move as White. I have no idea what to do. I feel like I'm going to get squashed to death. What would be my best move or strategy in situations like these? [FEN "r2q1rk1/4b3/p1n1p1b1/...
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What is a pawn break?

I did some research (google), but it still unclear to me on exactly what a pawn break is. I was reading this question: The theory of pawn breaks about the theory of pawn breaks, but before I could ...
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Is 6 the limit for the most pawns possible on a single file?

As far as I can calculate, 6 is the limit for the most number of pawns on a single file possible. Is 7 possible at all, ignoring promotion? I only took into account using the edge of the board, not ...
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What professional game has the quickest sequence, starting from move one, to quadrupled pawns?

From what I’ve found, on this website, the shortest sequence, starting from move one in a professional chess game, to quadrupled pawns is 18 moves. Here is the relevant position. [Title "...
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How does b4 fix pawns in this endgame?

Here, it is said that after 1.Re7 Rb8 2.Kd3 a6, white plays b4 to fix the enemy pawns. But I don't understand: how does it fix pawns? How is b3 any different? What does it mean to fix enemy pawns?
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When and where is it a good idea to make a pawn break in a closed centre position?

I've read that you want to make pawn breaks by advancing your pawn on the file next to your most advanced pawn in these closed centre positions. What exactly is the reason behind this. Is it just to ...
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What is the record for most pawns of both sides on a file in a professional chess game?

Some of us have heard about the famous game with the longest surviving quadrupled pawn structure, i.e four pawns on the same file: Kovacs-Barth, Balatonbereny 1994.) It is one of many games with ...
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Why is e5 the strongest move here for white?

[FEN "rnb1kb1r/pp1pp2p/2p2ppn/q7/2BPP3/5N1P/PPPN1PP1/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 3 8"] I'm a noob at chess, as I just started playing a week back. I'm played as White here, and Stockfish recommended e5 ...
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Why isn't Bird's Opening at least as popular as the Dutch Defence?

The Dutch Defence is a fairly popular response to 1. d4. So shouldn't 1. f4 (Bird's opening), viewed as a Dutch plus a tempo, be at least as popular?
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How many unique pawn structures are possible?

In an effort to classify chess games, I thought it would be useful to identify a set of positions by their unique pawn structure that would form a family of positions. There are indeed many positions ...
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Seeking GM-level coverage of a typical pawn structure

I was wondering if there is a top level coverage of plans for Black in the below pawn structure: [fen "8/pp3ppp/2p2p2/8/3P4/8/PPP2PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] Or this one: [fen "8/pp3ppp/2p2p2/8/...
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Plan against pawn formation of c4, d5, e4, e3 in the Nimzowitsch defense (or similar positions in the Dunst opening)

I'm a 1700-ish player who plays opening systems starting with 1.Nc3 as white and 1. ... Nc6 as black, and generally I'm pretty happy with my results. But there's one type of setup that I struggle ...
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What should my plans be in a Carlsbad pawn structure?

I often find myself in positions with the Carlsbad pawn structure, and I really struggle to come up with a plan. I am usually the one with the pawn chain pointing toward the queenside, so I assume ...
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Looking for openings by pawn structure

Sometimes when playing Alekhine defense Scandinavian Variation, I get this kind of pawn structure : 8/p6p/6p1/2p1p3/2PpP1P1/Pp1P4/1P6/8 w - - 1 29 I am very comfortable playing as black with this ...
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“Pawn Power in Chess” by Hans Kmoch vs “Pawn Structure Chess” by Andrew Soltis

I have Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch, but I can hardly understand what he is trying to convey in the book. Maybe this has to do with my level of play or maybe it has to do with the way Kmoch ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

If Black has castled kingside and White castled queenside or kingside, and White wants to launch an attack by a pawn storm. How do you know that you should start with h4 first or g4 first? I know that ...
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How to proceed with the book “Pawn Structure Chess” by Andrew Soltis?

Should I memorize everything in the book, or use it in some other way?
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Why is 15.cxd6 better than 15.cxb6 here?

In Radjabov vs. Gelfand (2013): [FEN ""] 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Nb3 Ne5 8.e4 Bb4 9.Qe2 d6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Be3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Bg2 e5 14.c5 b6 15.cxd6 Qxd6 16.O-O ...
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Value of a Thorn Pawn?

When did chess engines first assign a high value to a pawn on the sixth rank, with an opposing pawn in front of it? (This pawn is called a "thorn pawn", "fawn pawn", or "nail pawn".)
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Confused about timing of cxd5 and dxc4 in the Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD)

Recently I've been playing the Queen's Gambit Declined as my primary response to a d4 opening by white. While analyzing past games with engines, I've realized that as the game progresses, there's a ...
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How to proceed in this endgame position?

[FEN "3k4/ppp3pp/1b6/8/PP6/4BpP1/5P1P/6K1 b - - 1 24"] This position is evaluated -4 but i cant find any plans for Black and lost. What should have been my strategy from this position ? This is the ...
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Pawn Structure Change in the Pirc - dxe5 or Nxe5?

As black I reached this position in a recent game [White "Somebody"] [Black "Ian Bush"] [Result "*"] [ECO "B07"] [FEN ""] [StartPly "23"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.f3 b5 6.a3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 ...
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Is this blocked situation a draw? If not, how can I win as Black?

I had a game on chess.com that ended in a draw by agreement. Is this a real draw? If not, what are my best moves as Black? Computer analysis on chess.com suggested this continuation, “39. Qe2 Rf7 40....
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Is Colle-Zukertort a good way to improve beginner play?

I'm still trying to improve my repertoire and building more towards aggressive openings which I find to better fit my playing style. Colle-Zukertort seems like a popular one and I've seen it ...
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What are the advantages of the Stonewall attack?

I stumbled upon the Stonewall attack, and it looks pretty strong, and I especially like the fact that it is strong against computer programs. I would like feedback on this attack, and if this is a ...
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How can one determine the opening or transposed opening from the existing pawn formation/structure?

I was once told that you can determine an opening or transposed opening just by how the pawns are structured on the board. Is this the method normally used to determine if an opening was transposed ...
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Is this endgame winnable for white? (Knight vs two connected passed queenside pawns)

I would like to know if this endgame is winnable for white. Black to play. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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Advanced Pawn Structure books [duplicate]

Hello fellow chess players. I've recently returned to the learning of this game, and as I forgot several ideas on deep mechanics, I read (again) "My System", from Nimzowitsch, and found it very useful,...
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What is it called when opposite colored pawns up against each other?

When a white pawn and a black pawn are touching on a file, what is it called?
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Understanding The Isolani Pawn

After reading Chess structures of Mauricio Flores Rios, I have some initial questions on the Isolani (or isolated queen pawn). The author shows this diagram: Later, he proceeds to giving White and ...
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Can anyone recommend a positional book focused on preparing pawn breaks?

Feel free to share more than one book. I'm very interested in understanding better those preparatory moves.
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In the Pirc, bringing a dragon pawn structure fails

[FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. dxc5 Qa5 6. cxd6 Above you can see the first moves of a Pirc Defense game. To study this opening, I learn with the book "Pirc Alert!" by Lev Alburt ...
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How can I improve my knowledge of pawn structure theory?

What resources (books, videos, websites) are there to help me improve my understanding of pawn structures?
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Structure-better structure or bishop pair in the endgame?

Does the bishop pair compensate for doubled pawns if there are no rooks to attack with the bishops in the endgame?
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Should I accept doubled pawns to remove the opponent's bishop pair advantage?

I understand that this can be very situational which is why I don't provide a position as I am seeking some more generally applicable answer or things to consider. Assuming that the opponent has a ...
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How do I decide what color squares to place my pawns on?

I often hear people say "I have my pawns on the dark/light squares like I'm supposed to" or something similar. I have no idea what actually dictates which squares to try to place your pawns though. ...
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What are good resources to use to learn how to best use pawns and pawn structures?

Pawn structure seems to be one of the key areas that a player needs to know well to be able to have a high rating. What are the best ways to learn how to best use pawns and pawn structure?
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Can engines use the current pawn structure to refine its search/eval?

As I understand it, engines use so-called "bitboards" to generate the current position & possible moves. I'm wondering if any engine uses the pawn bitboard to refine its search and eval. To ...
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Why did Fischer play 17.c4 here?

Why did Fischer play 17...c4 here? [fen "r4rk1/1q1n1pp1/4b2p/p1pp4/8/Q2NP3/PP2BPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1"] Doesn’t it make the bishop e6 a lot worse? I would have played rfb8 instead, but I am not Fischer....
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Why doesn't the computer take my knight?

[FEN "3r4/p1p1kp2/1pn1b2p/4P1p1/P3pN2/2P1P1B1/2P2PPP/R5K1 b - - 0 1"] 1...Nxe5 {This was the original question with black to move.} (1...gxf4) (1...Rd2) NB: Black's knight was on C6 and has just ...
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Quintuple pawns / Interesting pawn structures

I played a game with an amateur that resulted in my opponent having tripled pawns right beside my doubled pawns. I'm wondered if there were any games with quadruple pawns. After finding such games, I ...
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Improving the endgame: Principles

I find I am weakest in the endgame, which is arguably the most important part of chess. Usually when I reach the endgame I have an advantage, often a pawn or a "winning" pawn formation, but I am not ...
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Opening Moves: Pawn Chains and Countering Attacks

What is it called when your opponent opens with their pawns in a zigzag formation, leaving the front line defended by the back? (Pawn Chain) Also what is the best way to counter this move?
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Looking for a single, good opening that revolves around a “crab” pawn structure [closed]

I have often (or this one video just got it stuck in my head) heard Youtube videos (time 2:37, nothing else relevant) refer to this kind of pawn structure as a “crab” pawn structure (below, white ...
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I don't understand the central-control difference between 1. e4 and 1. e3

The books/articles tell me that the center is d4, d5, e4, and e5. 1. e4 controls d5, but 1. e3 controls d4. Both control one square in the center, no? Yet 1. e4 is apparently a vast improvement ...
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Why not 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5?

Why isn't 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 a good move? It gains space in the center. As beginners we are told that after 1.d4, 1...d5 directly opposes White's ambitions in the center, stopping d4-d5 (similarly, in some ...
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Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
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Is this a good idea for starting the game?

Usually I am a defensive player. Because of this, a few years ago, I created an opening set of moves, where I moved every other pawn forward 1 space, starting with pawn A2. To be more specific, I ...