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Questions tagged [pawns]

Questions relating to the Pawn

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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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Pawn tension in the Caro-Kann

Very often, I find myself playing the Caro-Kann and encountering positions like this below (especially note the pawns on the columns c and d): I do have read that knowing what to do (capturing or ...
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What is the maximum number of passed pawns in a position?

Something I want to know is the most number of passed pawns in a chess game that is theoretically possible. This reminds me of that famous 9 passed pawns game. Does anyone know? And if so, what is the ...
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Was the value of thorn pawns fully appreciated in decades past?

Many videos on YouTube channel "Kingscrusher" which discuss the play of new neural-net engines like Leela Chess Zero focus considerable attention upon the development of "thorn pawns" which are pawns ...
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What types of pawns are there in chess?

I’ve heard of a few types of of pawns in chess gameplay. These include passed pawns, thorn/fawn pawns, promoted pawns, and and en passant pawns. But that is all I can remember. What other kinds of ...
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What is the idea behind h2-h3?

The pawn move from h2 to h3. I do not understand the reason behind this.
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Is it better to move a pawn or knight first? [closed]

As stated in the title, I have always wondered whether it is better to move a pawn or knight first. Which one makes you generally more likely to win?
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In case of en passant, should I move my pawn first or remove my opponent's one?

I know that, according to chess rules, every move should be made with a single hand. However, this does not clarify if, when making an en passant capture, I should move my pawn first or remove the ...
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Can a Pawn that performed an En Passant capture gain promotion when it advances to the 8th rank?

So let's say I capture En Passant with a pawn, using that same pawn I get to the 8th rank. Can I promote that pawn into anything else? I've heard of this restriction in various ways. Some say it can ...
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Why is playing f4 here not correct?

Yesterday I played a game chess whose link is: https://lichess.org/rnLeeqMD/white#30 The computer tells me that in the 16th move,when I played 16.f4, I made an inaccuracy. My reasons for playing f4 ...
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Why is it better to capture the f pawn?

Yesterday I reached this position: Here,White to play, I played Bg5. Lichess told me in the analysis that was inaccurate although latter on, it pointed this move out as one of the best moves. At ...
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Pushing central pawns

I would like to know what factors I need to take into account in a general position before pushing a central pawn, exchanging it if possible or simply moving another piece. As usual, I will provide ...
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When and why was en passant invented?

Other than castling, the only "strange" move that chess pieces can ever make is en passant. It seems a little odd to me that someone thought that such a "different" move was so important to include ...
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Can a pawn put a king in check?

I am only an amateur player, but have been playing for many years. Every now and then I come across people who are adamant that a pawn cannot put a king into check. The last person who I discussed ...
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Pawn Promotion Endgame Problem // White to move - mate in 1

So I have not been this interested in chess for a very long time indeed. This problem was posed to me by someone who has recently become experienced in chess and also participated in a chess ...
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World Cup: passed pawns vs extra piece

[fen "N7/P3pk1p/3p2p1/r4p2/8/4b2B/4P1KP/1R6 w - - 0 34"] [white "Max Illingworth"] [black "Pentala Harikrishna"] White to move. In this World Cup game, Black demonstrated the power of pawns and won ...
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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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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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Capture towards the center vs. undoubling

There is a spoken advice to capture with the pawns always towards the center. This situation let me think for a while. Is undoubling here not better?
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How to decide when is a3/h3 needed?

a3/h3 are frequently used to prevent the bishops from pinning the knights. I always have a hard time deciding whether to play them or not. Playing them loses moves and tempo while not playing can ...
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Why would one promote a pawn to a knight?

I know that it is makes no sense to promote a pawn to a bishop or a rook as the queen can compensate for both but a knight is something different. However, the queen is still much more powerful. So ...
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Didn't showed checkmate at chess.com. (fig. below)

I've attached a screen shot of my game. It is black's turn to move. The king is under check (and not checkmate - as The website didn't showed mate). Finally black had to resign, as he was not able ...
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Can white do better versus the Sicilian Defense by avoiding an early d4?

Given that 1.d4 is said to produce better results than 1.e4 and about half of all 1.e4 games involve the Sicilian Defense, could a simple idea like avoiding trading the d pawn for black's c pawn in ...
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What's the point of early a2-a4 in the Modern Italian?

It seems that just every top GM is now playing the modern interpretation of the Italian Game (with c3 and d3) with an early a2 to a4 Pawn move, something that only a few years back was considered a ...
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How should I have decided which side to attack on?

I played black and was a pawn up. My plan was to castle on the opposite side from white's king, then use my majority on that side to pawn storm him. So on the turn shown below, I was about to castle ...
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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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What are the benefits of playing 1. h3? [closed]

My friend plays this all the time as white. He cites the following two reasons: Gives white a chance to play like black (respond to an opening rather than create one) Defends against bg4 Can this ...
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ECO D35 for Game Analysis,- Queen's Gambit Declined: Queen's Knight Variation, 3…Nf6 game for analysis

Queen's Gambit Declined: Queen's Knight Variation, 3...Nf6 game for analysis. Here is the PGN [fen ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.01.17"] [White "anandsadasivam"] [Black "...
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When should you charge pawns in front of a castled king?

In a situation where both players castle on the same side, is it ever a good idea to charge the pawns in front of the castled king? Are there any rules for when you can do this? I know that generally ...
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Pawns in c4,d4, c5, d5

When white opens 1.d4, 2.c4, sometimes black moves at some point d5 and then c5, resulting in a square of 4 pawns. This is confusing to me. Depending on the exact opening, the most played move for ...
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How do you calculate pawn endgames, like if you have X number of pawns facing X numbers of opposite color?

I'll use a random example here with white to move, but I'm really asking about the general principles. 8/7p/6p1/pp3p2/3k1P2/PP6/1P1K1PPP/8 w - - 0 1 I'm a chess amateur and endgames drive me crazy....
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Why can't a piece (that isn't a pawn) capture en passant?

Why can't a piece (that isn't a pawn) capture en passant? When a pawn makes a two-square move, the en passant rule says that on the next move, any pawn that could have captured it on the single-...
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Pawn giving checkmate

My computer checkmated me with a pawn move. I could have taken that pawn en passant but I wasn't given a chance to do that. Was that a fault of my computer, or is there a rule stating that a pawn ...
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What is the consequence of removing the two-square first move rule?

In this related question I see that en passant and two-square first move for pawns were introduced together between 1200 and 1600. What was the reason for adding these rules? Put another way, has the ...
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Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession?

Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession? I mean, pushing e4-e5 when there are Black Pawns on d5 (and e6), or pushing d4-d5 when there are Pawns on e5 (and d6), is often ...
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Is this an example of a backwards pawn?

e4 e5 d3 At this point, if d3 advances, say at 3. d4 it does not control d4, it is controlled by a sentry (an enemy pawn controlling d4) and is adjacent and behind a same colored pawn at e4. Is ...
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What is a “big pawn”?

I've seen the term "big pawn" come up a few times (such as here and here), but I can't seem to trace down an exact definition. What is it?
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What is the importance of pawns in the endgame?

How important is it to have more pawns in the endgame phase? Does the power of the individual pawns decrease or increase as the game progresses and why?
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Why is d5 the best move in this position?

What is the thought process behind playing d5 in this position?
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Putting pressure on pawns

Why is it important to develop your pieces to put "pressure" on opponent's pawn(s)? I hear this a lot from YouTube videos in which experienced chess players commenting as the game develops. It's "just"...
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Dealing with flexible opening positions

For some reason I feel uncomfortable in positions where the opponent has not committed any of his pawns in the center and was wondering why is that? I guess it feels like I'm not sure how to carry on ...
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Extreme effort to keep a pawn backward

I'm currently studying chess strategy, and I can across an example of backward pawn exploitation that I do not understand. The book I'm reading suggests 1... Rd5 to keep the d4 pawn backward. Doesn't ...
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Is the pawns-only variant a draw?

In the pawns-only variant of chess, each side starts with 8 pawns and a king on the usual squares, no pieces, with other rules being the same as in regular chess, including promotion. While general ...
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Is Pawn Promotion obligatory?

Acc. to Wikipedia, When a pawn advances to the eighth rank, as a part of the move it is promoted..." This doesn'clear whether I am obliged to make this move if I am at eighth rank or it's over me?
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Strategic challenge #1 - C.Hansen - J.Hellsten

This is the first of a series of strategic challenges. The answers are supposed to provide a move (or sequence of moves) and the right plan for the corresponding player. In this occasion we have the ...
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Why is there an option for the pawn to be promoted in any chess piece? [duplicate]

A pawn can be promoted to a queen, a knight, a rook or a bishop. My question is why would someone want their pawn to be promoted to anything other than a queen? I can understand the knight promotion ...
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Controlling the center versus occupying the center - What is the difference?

I would like to know if there are any general guidelines which help determine, at what moment to occupy a center square or to just control it? Are there any books or articles that anyone know of which ...