Connected Pawns – The first

Connected pawns are;

This type of pawn formation is especially strong because the pawns can advance with the support of each other. In diagram below from one of my own games all the black pawns are connected and all the white pawns are isolated.

mamamia vs. Kiwiinoz 8/8/8/3k1pp1/7p/5P1P/8/6K1 w – – 0 45

The two connected black pawns on the black squares g5 and h4 form a pawn chain. Connected pawns in a chain are weaker than pawns that are united side by side like those on f5 and g5 because the square directly in front of the pawns can now be occupied by an enemy piece. If the white pawns were missing from the diagram then an enemy piece could stand without capture on the most right hand square h3 without threat of capture. In contrast, a piece cannot stand in front off the two united pawns on g4 because it can be captured?

Nimzowitsch believed that a pawn chain should be attacked at the base of the pawn chain. John Watson in his excellent book “Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances since Nimzowitsch” challenges this rule found in many textbooks. The section on “New treatments of the Pawn-chain” in this book is a good read. Every time I read it I feel better about breaking this rule if “concrete analysis and understanding of the nuances of the position at hand” require it.






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