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Go for an isolated pawn

Your understanding and judgment about a couple of things is way off. First, you really need to understand that all isolated pawns are not created equal. If it were on an open file, then you need to ...
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Why is an isolated queen pawn so special?

It is mainly so special because it can arise from many different openings, both open and closed, e.g. the Queen's Gambit, Nimzo-Indian, Caro-Kann and the Alapin variation of the Sicilian. It is simply ...
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Technique to win this same colored bishop endgame

The key here is zugzwang - White has an ideal defensive position at the moment, his king stops yours penetrating, his bishop covers the weak pawns on g4 and c4, and the pawn on a5 you can't easily get ...
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Why is an isolated queen pawn so special?

The IQP is the most common so it is easiest to talk about all isolated pawns from this one example. Isolated pawns have rook support, on a half-open file, for the outposts, and they would be ...
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Go for an isolated pawn

While the push could result in an isolated pawn, it would saddle Black with an isolated pawn as well. Furthermore, this Black pawn would make your own isolated pawn less vulnerable than most isolated ...
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Capture the c-pawn, so the opponent has an IQP but improved development, or let them push the c-pawn and form a queenside majority?

A few general guidelines: Take if your opponent has to waste a move to recapture. Normally this happens once your opponent has moved the f8/f1 bishop. In the position you posted, Black can take back ...
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What are good books on the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and playing with an IQP?

For Isolated Queen Pawn play I would pick up a pawn structure book. They typically start off with IQP. Most of the game examples will be Queen's Gambit, but the beauty of a pawn structure approach ...
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Silman's second negative of isolated pawns

What Silman describes here is a textbook scenario of what you should be aiming for when fighting an isolani. If you reach the diagram position, you will collect the pawn and win the game. But of ...
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Silman's second negative of isolated pawns

What Silman is "trying to say" (actually saying,in fact) is that these are the things that you should be trying to do if your opponent lets you. Tactical struggles take place not just over ...
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Capture the c-pawn, so the opponent has an IQP but improved development, or let them push the c-pawn and form a queenside majority?

If you don't take on c5, your opponent can get in the move b7-b6. If b7-b6 is played, then you'll most likely be playing against hanging pawns if you take on c5. Those positions may or may not be ...
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Are isolated passed pawns good or bad?

Read My System by Nimzowitch. You need to see examples where the isolated passed pawn is weak, and examples where it is strong. If your judgement on the matter can be consistently more accurate than ...
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Are isolated passed pawns good or bad?

Sure, it all depends. But usually the most important question is can the pawn be blockaded. For example you have isolated passed pawn on d4, Black puts N on d5 and laughs at you. To play against an ...
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Why is an isolated queen pawn so special?

An isolated queen pawn can be both a strength and a weakness. It's obviously a weakness in the sense that it can't be defended by other pawns but will require piece defense, potentially limiting ...
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Capture the c-pawn, so the opponent has an IQP but improved development, or let them push the c-pawn and form a queenside majority?

Here taking the pawn does a number of bad things - It gives up the centre It resolves the tension It gives the opponent a good freeing, developing move, Nxc5. This develops the knight and opens up a ...
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Silman's second negative of isolated pawns

I think it can be formulated even simpler: Unless the side with the isolani has a bishop that doesn't protect the pawn and the other an attacking bishop or a knight, the pawn can be protected the same ...
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What are good books on the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and playing with an IQP?

Ivan Sokolov's book, Winning Chess Middlegames, is all about pawn structures. He devotes one 94-page long chapter to playing with and against an isolated queen's pawn and then another 42-page long ...
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CQL - Isolated Queen Pawn postions

All right, so I found the following query for the pawn structure in the diagram above: (match ;query for IQP white (position :and ( (position Pa2 Pb2 Pd4 Pf2 Pg2 Ph2 pa7 ...
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Go for an isolated pawn

In general, isolated pawns aren't necessarily bad. I've been studying the Alapin sicilian recently (from the black side) and I'm amazed at how much activity white has. I thought it would be very ...
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Go for an isolated pawn

It looks like a d5 push is premature. Keep in mind is that you have not completed development. You correctly noted that your bishops are not at terrific squares. Besides, your rooks are also not ...
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Why is an isolated queen pawn so special?

An IQP is a great plus in the middlegame and it is a great minus in the endgame. If you look at the games in database you, would find that as white the objective would be to give a centre break ...
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