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The Truth About Doubled Pawns, Part 3

  • GM Gserper
  • | 02.12.2012
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  • | 29 Kommentare

Last week we analyzed games where doubled pawns were a liability in the endgame and unless they were compensated by something else (like a pair of Bishops for example), the game was doomed.  The next basic endgame is another example that in many cases a pair of doubled pawns is almost the same as having just one pawn.

It is easy to demonstrate many examples where doubled pawns are just bad in the endgames, but is it possible to find a position where such pawns would be  (quoting Martha Stewart) "a good thing" ? Why, of course!

The endgame Rook + 4 pawns vs. Rook + 3 pawns is very common in chess.  Even though it is a theoretical draw, you have to be very accurate since sometimes it is not that easy to defend such an endgame.  The next game is clear proof:

Enter double pawns and you don't need to be Kasparov to make a draw since the strong side simply cannot create a passed pawn without trading practically all the pawns:

The finish of this game is both funny and instructive, therefore I'd like to offer you to solve this little puzzle:

Finally I want to show a very famous position where all of Black's pawns are isolated, and also he has two sets of doubled pawns!  But thanks to his isolated doubled pawns he won the game!

Despite all the exceptions from the rules that we analyzed today, I hope you my dear readers got the point: the doubled pawns are the weakest in the endgame!
to be continued...


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    in the last one why not 33...c2 34.Nd3 c4  is cuz 35.Rb3!"


    Because if pawn goes c2, knight goes d3 and the pawn has no chance of queening

    because the next move the knight would easily take. And sweet chances would become depressing as ....


    Furthermore, what you suggest would not solve anything.

    Knight would move to c1 himself after c4. The pawns stand no chance and are easy targets for the rook after isolation and as trapped as they have become (atleast that's how I see it).


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    in the last one why not 33...c2 34.Nd3 c4  is cuz 35.Rb3!

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    Jeroen Piket (?) vs. Garry Kasparov (?) how can it be! cool and tricky

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    This is what I think whenever I'm taking a test:

    1+1 is 52

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    good series! I enjoyed it alot!

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    Very Helpful especially the last example :)

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    The last puzzle was featured in the Entertainment and Beauty video series I believe... I remember either Kaidanov or Rensch presented it.  Good article!

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    Very tricky. That last puzzle distracts white from the fact that black will promote. I would have taken that knight out earlier instead of advance a pawn. I would have made an epic blunder. Very nice article.Cool

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    Shows that endgames can be very boring to very brilliantly interesting.

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