The Isolated Pawn:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)

The Isolated Pawn
Point Count Chess: [-]

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Advanced Beginners Chess Teaser pccThis article includes my notes, additional images and interactive chess positions from my study of Horowitz & Mott-Smith's book, Point Count Chess.

Point Count Chess,
Chapter 9. The Isolated Pawn (p103-113)

Point Count Chess, Examples:
  • The Isolated Queen Pawn
  • Blockade, Attack, Destroy!
  • The Mobile Isolani
  • The Role of the Initiative
  • Inviting the Isolani
  • Acceptable Isolani
  • Acceptable Doubled Isolani

Also known as an "Isolani", this is any Pawn whose friendly Pawns have left the adjacent file(s), leaving a Pawn on its own, without friendly Pawn support. The Isolani is at greater risk of being captured, or may tie up one or more Pieces for its defence.

In Diagram 1, below, both White and Black have an Isolated Pawn:

Isolated Pawn, Image 1, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 1: Black's d-pawn & White's a-pawn
are both Isolated Pawns

Look all the way along the b-file - the adjacent file to the a-file - and you'll notice there is no White Pawn, leaving White's a-pawn all on it's own, without pawn-support ... it's Isolated from its fellow pawns.

As for Black's d-Pawn, you can see there are no Black (friendly) Pawns on either adjacent c-file or e-file, respectively, leaving the d-Pawn lonely, vulnerable and Isolated.

Moving On: PCC Examples, Isolated Pawn (Page 2).

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