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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What is the record for most pawns on a file of both sides 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Break Through His “Great Wall of China”?

It's my move (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/p1n1p1b1/1p1pPpPp/...
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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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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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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 ...
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How would you make a queenside pawn storm opening idea work?

I played a Lichess bullet game as Black in which I disregarded any opening theory because I just wanted to mount up a pawn storm on the queenside. Has anybody come across this idea? It seems to me ...
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Guarding my seventh rank and a King walk assualt

A few weeks ago I played a game as Black on Lichess, which I won at the end. [FEN ""] [startply "48"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bd3 c4 4. Be2 e6 5. d4 cxd3 6. Qxd3 Nc6 7. exd5 Qxd5 8. a3 Nf6 9. c4 Qxd3 ...
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Who has the advantage here?

Who has the advantage here? In general whar will perform better in this scenario- 3 pawns vs. 3 pawns, or 4 pawns vs. 2 pawns?
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How to improve king safety

I really wish to improve my chess skills a bit, albeit I am pretty sure that I do not want to become a grandmaster. One of my problem is my king's safety. Chess is very different from some other ...
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How to detect invalid pawn structures (not based on opponent material) for FEN valdation?

I'm going to further expand a FEN validation function I have been working on for some time to include illegal pawn formations such that: ... for example white pawns could never be on a2, a3, and ...
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Which openings give a winning pawn-structure in the endgame?

For example in the Exchange Variation of the Spanish 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6, White gives Black the Bishop pair, but gains a potentially winning pawns-only endgame. Are there other ...
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What professional game has the quickest sequence, starting from move one, to quadrupled pawns?

From what I’ve found,vaccording ot this website, http://ajedrezsinduda.blogspot.com/2012/ the shortest sequence, starting from move one in a professional chess game, to quadrupled pawns is 18 moves. ...
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Name of pawn struture in B42 Sicilian defense

I like positional games, and the Sicilian defence is very dynamic, however the B42 Sicilian defence is quite positional, but the pawn structure has some weaknesses. I would like to learn more about ...
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Are there ever scenarios where more pawn islands are preferred?

In chess, it is usually advisable to have fewer pawn islands than your opponent. However, while I was watching a youtube video by someone called agadmator chess, he mentioned that multiple pawn ...
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Why is c4 a better move in this position?

The computer analysis on a game I played tells me that in the following position, White should have played c4 instead of e5: [fen "r3qrk1/pppb1ppp/1nn1p3/6B1/3PP3/P1P2N2/4BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1"] ...
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Pawn theory / exercises

I am not a very strong positional player and I thought I could work on my pawn theory a bit. Are there common exercises or internet resources I could look into for how to play better pawn structures ...
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Isolani pawn question

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: Latee, he proceeds to giving White and ...
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Are isolated passed pawns good or bad?

I frequently face situations in the late middle game (perhaps only a one minor piece and a rook or two on each side, no queens) where I can force a position (via exchanges) where both players are ...
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In the English Opening, where should the d-pawn go?

Whenever I play the English Opening, I usually try to achieve a c4, d4, e3 pawn structure. However, in this video by STL chess club, the instructor recommends playing d3 (and possibly e4 later) to ...
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What are the similarities and differences in pawn Structure from the Scandinavian and the Caro-Kann?

It seems both openings have the Capablanca Pawn Structure with c6 and e6 I'm curious about where the similarities stop and what are the optimal pawn breaks.
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Pawn Structure database

I wonder if there is any existing or a way to create a chess database organised only according to pawn structures, where the notion of a pawn structures is crudely defined by GM Andrew Soltis in his ...
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How to improve on the early endgame?

The late middlegame/early endgame is by far my weakest point. I often get some kind of advantage in the opening, but then struggle to convert. I do study endgames, for example I am currently reading ...
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What resources (books, videos, websites) are there to help me improve my understanding of pawn structures?

How can I improve my knowledge of pawn structure theory?
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Strategy in Isolated Queen Pawn Positions

What should Black's plan be in Isolated Queen Pawn Openings like this one arising from the Caro-Kann Panov attack? [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.cxd5 Nxd5
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What is the right defensive set-up for the King-Bishop_Rook trio in the diagrammed position?

It's Black's move in the diagram. In a recent correspondence game I managed to win an exchange at a cost of weakening my kingside a little bit. In the diagrammed position the g-pawn is missing and ...
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In Sicilian Defense with pawn structure as in Scheveningen, what should black do when playing d5 does not look so good?

As black, I always play the Sicilian against e4. I personally like the Scheveningen system but to avoid the Keres Attack, I play a6 before e6: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. ...
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Are connected doubled (4 pawns on 2 files) a weak structure?

It seems to me to be a very solid structure that can play very good in the endgame. Example: pawns on c2, c3, d2, d3.
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Understanding the Tarrasch defence to the Queen's gambit

I do not understand the diagrammed position. Do you? [fen ""] [title "A. Grischuk vs. V. Kramnik, FIDE Candidates 2018"] [startply "8"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. e3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 a6 7....
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What does “knights have no long-lasting support points” mean in this game?

In this article on pawn structure, the author uses this game as example: [Event "Prague 2008"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "David Navara"] [Black "Vladimir Kramnik"] [Result "0-...
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Why do chess programs do bad against pawns?

After playing a couple of games playing Sicilian against a computer (had no wifi) i’ve noticed that I have been able to create much better pawn structures than against players that would be similarly ...
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Undermining pawn chains at the “wrong” end

Usually if there is a blocked pawn chain one is trying to attack it close to its base with a pawn from the side. For instance, in the classical king's Indian black is playing f5 (not c6) and later (...
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Why does the computer want to undermine this pawn chain at the tip instead of at its root?

I had the following position with black in a game I recently played: [FEN "r1bqkbnr/pp1n1ppp/2p1p3/2Pp4/3P4/4PN2/PP3PPP/RNBQKB1R b KQkq - 9 5"] and proceeded with 5... e5 However, after the game ...
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What are the motivations behind pawn moves on a and h files?

Sometimes when there are no clearly optimal moves, a computer or a human master player would push their pawns on a and h files (the edges of the board), for no clear reasons. What would be the ...
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Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority: Looking for comprehensive resources

I am looking for a resource that describes plans for both sides in the following pawn structure: [Title "Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority"] [fen "8/pp3ppp/4p3/8/2P5/8/PP3PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] This ...
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What is the “stonewall formation”?

I use PyChess to play. It talks sometimes about how White or Black moved their pawns into "stonewall formation." How do they do that, and what are the position's advantages/disadvantages?
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Why does White play 13. f3 and not 13. f4 in the Modern Benoni, Classical Line?

In the classical line, the book Starting Out: Modern Benoni by Endre Vegh recommends 13. f3: [FEN ""] [StartPly "26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Be2 O-...
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Pawn structure books

Which book is better for a 1700-1800 player? Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch (originally Die Kunst der Bauernführung, 1956) Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis Chess Structures: A Grandmaster ...
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What's the goal of a minority attack?

I understand the definition of a minority pawn attack, is when one side has less pawns than other in a flank of the board (or any sector) and advances them to trade them with the oponent. The question ...