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The Isolated Pawn
Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2)

Point Count Chess, NO.79, p113
Faehndrich Kaufmann v. Capablanca Reti, 1914

This very short example sees Black invite the Isolani, with the intention of gaining Control of the Center, in a reversal of roles from No.78, where White invited the Isolani.

Beneath the ChessFlash viewer, you'll find my analysis of the position featured in Point Count Chess:
  1. PCC, p.113, No.79, before 1...c5
  2. Result of Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2).
  3. Summary of Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2).
  4. PGN

Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2)
My Analysis

Position #1, My Analysis
PCC, p.113, No.79, before 1...c5

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 79 - Page 113
Before: 1...c5

1. How Black Invites the Isolani

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 79 - The Isolated Pawn, Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2), Before 1...c5
The Isolated Pawn,
Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2),
Before 1...c5
Before 1...c5, the e-Pawns have already disappeared, leaving a symmetrical Pawn formation, which H&M-S suggest could likely end in "a routine draw if Black continues a solid development."

This may explain why Black chooses play that Invites the Isolani ...
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 79 - The Isolated Pawn, Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2), After 1...c5
The Isolated Pawn,
Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2),
After 1...c5
After 1...c5, Black invites the Isolani, with the advance of his c-Pawn (1...c7-c5), which leaves Black's d5-Pawn without Pawn support, to come out and attack White's d4-Pawn.

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The Result of Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2)...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 79 - (RESULT) The Isolated Pawn, Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2), After 2.dxc5	Bxc5
(RESULT) The Isolated Pawn,
Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2),
After 2.dxc5 Bxc5
After 2.dxc5 Bxc5. If White chooses to break the tension (e.g. 2.d4xc5), it will leave Black's d5-Pawn Isolated, but in exchange for Black gaining Control of the Center, as Black's King Bishop completes the exchange (2...Bf8xc4) in a similar way that White did in No.78.

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Summary of Inviting the Isolani (2 of 2)...

  1. One purpose for inviting the Isolani is to gain Control of the Center, albeit at the expense of incurring the Isolated Pawn. However, as we saw in No.78, Black can make use of his Isolated Pawn, by following the procedures for dealing with a Mobile Isolani

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PGN

[Event "PCC, p113 Diagram NO. 79"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1914.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Faehndrich Kaufmann"]
[Black "Capablanca Reti"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkb1r/ppp2ppp/5n2/3p4/3P4/2NB4/PPP2PPP/R1BQK1NR b KQkq - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{PCC, p113 Diagram NO.79} 1... c5 {And then, dxc5 leaves Black with the Isolated d-Pawn} *

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