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What is it called when opposite colored pawns up against each other?

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

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According to this post, pawns that block each other are called a "ram".

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With the exception of Hans Kmoch's attempt to give it a name, which never caught on (I have never seen anyone else use it anywhere), they really do not have a name that I have even seen.

I probably have seen this referred to mostly as "two opposing pawns", but that is really just English rather than a specific chess term.

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What is it called when opposite colored pawns up against each other?

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

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According to this post, pawns that block each other are called a "ram".


I made a comment about that. Kmoch certainly gave it a name, but if you look through his list of items he gave names to, you will see how strange most of them are, and how very few caught on. The only ones I see in that list that are common are "backward pawn", which he gave his own crazy name to also, "chain", "center pawn", "double pawns", "doubling/undoubling" (which is just English), "passed pawn", "outside passer", "protected passer", and "wing pawn". Those all predated his book, but then, he made up a BUNCH of stuff, and I can see that any of it really caught on. If it doesn't catch on, - PhishMaster Feb 28 at 0:13

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