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Subject: Re: bobcat713 vs. cnfrost Date: 3/7/2002 6:29 AM
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Back before move 12 you'all talked about triple pawns.
What do you mean by that?


If he had left his bishop on c5, I could have played Bxc5 forcing him to retake with dxc5. He would then have 3 pawns on the c file (c5, c6, & c7), or tripled pawns. Most of the time, this is a big problem because the pawns can't support each other and are often easily taken. Pawns on adjacent files can defend each other, like my pawn on b2 is defending the pawn on a3. Two pawns on the same file (doubled pawns) are usually weak also, but as always, there are exceptions to the rule.

Another pawn concept is the isolated pawn - a pawn that has no pawns on adjacent files. Isolated pawns are often good to attack because they must be defended by pieces. Even though pawns are the weakest pieces on the board, their structure is very important because it determines what kind of strategy a player must use to succeed. Most good books on chess will discuss pawn structure. I even have one - "Pawn Power in Chess" by Hans Kmoch - that discusses nothing else.

Bob - hope this isn't too much information {:-)
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