Isolated Pawn Myth DEBUNKED!

Welcome to another exciting chess education video with ChessCoachAndras! In this lesson, we dive deep into the world of pawn structures to debunk the age-old myth surrounding the Isolated Pawn. 🏆

Are isolated pawns really as bad as they are made out to be? Join us on this journey as we explore the ins and outs of the Isolated Pawn and its strategic implications. 🧠♟️

In this video, you’ll learn:

What is an Isolated Pawn and how it forms on the chessboard.
The advantages and disadvantages of having an isolated pawn.
Tactical and positional ideas related to the isolated pawn.
How to navigate positions with isolated pawns like a chess master!
Whether you’re a beginner looking to improve your chess knowledge or an experienced player seeking to enhance your strategic understanding, this video has something for everyone. 🌟

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  1. Swatzanegger eat your heart out!!!!Soeriously dude you got a good decent bicep there. Honestly was that you taking artistic licensed or is it really your arm . Just curious. One thing we never hardly hear about is how pros like you train physically and what kind of a diet you adhere to. That would be an interesting video for something interesting and different chess related but off the board.

  2. Got two model games on the IQP from this video. Brilliant attack by Keene in game 1.

  3. I think coaches and books need to do a better job of explaining that these things are bad only in the endgame, and not in the middlegame where a million different options exist with so many pieces on the board.1. Doubled pawns are bad, IN THE ENDGAME, because advancing them is difficult2. Isolated pawns are bad, IN THE ENDGAME, because they can be easily attacked3. Knights on the rim are dim, IN THE ENDGAME, because it can take many moves to centralize it4. Bishops are better than knights, IN THE ENDGAME, (sometimes) because they can cover many squares on both sides of the board. In the middlegame, knights can be much better, especially in closed positions. Anand and Morozevich have made a career out of outplaying opponents in the middle game using knights.

  4. 14:42 not the rook, but the queen, Qxa8 allow Qxf7 and some complications😅

  5. Great video! Until now I haven't played too many of these positions, but slowly learning new openings to include more IQPs. Caro-Kann Panov, Alapin, maybe French exchange, some lines in the Scandi with white, and Tartakower against GQD with black. The positions are stressful but a lot of fun!

  6. Brilliant explanation, as always. I like playing the Tarrasch and Alapin and often end up with IQP. It is always good to refresh these fundamental concepts.

  7. 14:40 wouldnt the game be drawn if karpov took the rook? Qxf7+ leads to a perpetual, right?

  8. Since playing the Panov against Caro Kann, I constantly get IQP's. These are Always the most fun games. 🤩


    I can confirm that most players 1500-2000 (and often beyond) have no understanding of the IQP. They've never studied it. They've heard it was a weakness, so they simply avoid ever playing with one. This comes up time and again in discussions with other players.

    I often accept less-than-ideal IQPs, because I assume I can outplay my opponent.

  10. Congrats to Haydon on the Coach sighting and to Coach on being recognized while out and about!

  11. With the IQP – now you play the position. Don’t play D4 if you don’t want to play the IQP.

  12. Coach i still wonder how your youtube account is still to access. The quality of material you provide is so rich and super instructive

  13. Really helpful video. I often find myself making mistakes or at least inaccuracies because I intuitively want to avoid pawn weaknesses, even if allowing it would benefit me. For example, because it would include a favorable minor piece trade or simply give me a more active position. I once heard Judith Polgar say, "chess is a very concrete game".
    Example from one of my tournament games: 1.e4-c5 2.Nf3-d6 3. d4-cxd4 4. Nxd4-Nf6 5.Nc3-g6 6.Be3-Bg7 7.f3-a6 8.Qd2-h5 9.0-0-0-b5 10. a3-Bb7 11.Kb1-Nbd7 12-Nb3-Rc8 13.h4-Ne5 14.Bf4-Nc4?! I automatically moved my knight, becaue it's kind of a thematic move and I didn't want to get doubled pawns. But if you think about the position, you realize that for various reasons a potential trade would be great for black.

  14. Best chess educational content on YouTube! Hands down.

  15. I started playing the Tarrasch as my main weapon against the QGD simply because at my level (1600) players cannot resist giving me the IQP under the assumption that it's bad, which all but guarantees that I get a fun and dynamic attacking game.

  16. i've always enjoyed having the iqp more than playing against it. the active pieces, central control, and the potential d4-d5 break are much more fun that trying to hold d5 and trade trade trade.

  17. Fantastic analogy to fianchetto. Really hammers home your point

  18. For those itching for more examples, I just started Flores Rios' Pawn Structures: A Grandmaster Guide which starts chapter 1 with the isolani (nimzowitsch's name for the IQP right?) And gives many great games with and against

  19. sensational stuff buddy, great comparison too!

  20. Amazing and instructive as always coach, keep it up!!🎉

  21. I presume in the Karpov game the main idea is not to take the rook on a8 in the final position, but complete the staircase – Qe4-e3 and Rf2. Taking will allow Qf7 with at least perpetual for white.
    I find it very difficult to attack with IQP when the opponent builds up with the fianchetto – g3-Bg2 against d5 isolated pawn for example. Do you have any ideas or model games?

  22. I tend to have a similar attitude regarding the iqp. But it is not that i believe that the IQP is better for black. I know that in the first position you showed the recapture with the pawn is probably the main move. Yet i would avoid it because in my repertoire i'm much more used to play against it than with it. So i avoid them not because i believe they are inferior positions but because i'm unfamiliar with them.

    Would you say it is a chess sin nonetheless ?

  23. Fantastic video and fantastic games! Keep them coming!

  24. This is very true. I usually refrain from getting an IQP based on what I've heard from others about how it becomes an easy target for the opponent. Glad to see this getting debunked!

  25. I love IQP

    Panov Botvinnik Attack is fun!

  26. Great video. I do suffer from Isophobia. It's the fear I have I can't win in the attack, we get to an endgame and I will look back at the moment I willingly accepted the IQP.

    Obviously if I'm so afraid of losing there is a better plan, not playing chess. (this sounds pedantric, but really not accepting IQP because of lame reasons is just boring).

    The fear is for me similar with the exchange sac, a pawn sac or other things I feel I "give up", the only difference is that it is not even sacing something.

  27. Hey andras. Love your videos. Why don't u make "the coach reacts" videos anymore? I have learned more from the 4 videos in this playlist then from anything else.

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