Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)
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In Diagram 4, following the moves 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bf4 Bd6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 b6, Black prepares a second Pawn Chain, with c7-c5 heading for White's Phalanx ...
Diagram 4: after 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bf4 Bd6
5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 b6
Diagram 5 shows the position after 7. Nf3 Bb7 8. Rc1 c5
... Note this formation, with 2x Pawn Chains, inverted towards each other, with the vanguard Pawns (c5 & d5) on their
'fourth rank', in Phalanx formation, as they face-off against the adverse Phalanx.
The positions are now set for Black to own a set of Hanging Pawns ...
Diagram 5: after 7.Nf3 Bb7 8.Rc1 c5
Note this formation.
Diagram 6, below, shows the position after 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. cxd5 exd5
, which leaves Black with Hanging Pawns (c5 & d5) ...
Diagram 6: after 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. cxd5 exd5
These qualify as Hanging Pawns, since:
- they're on Black's fourth rank;
- there's no supporting Pawns on either adjacent files, as shown by the red Xs; and
- this vulnerable Phalanx is under frontal attack - both Qd1 and Nc3 are attacking Black's d5-Pawn.
... and, below, you can play it through, to see it happen:
Moving On: PCC Examples, Hanging Pawns (Page 3).
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