How to play with or against an isolated pawn?

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Before getting into this topic, let us(Remote Chess Academy) ask you a simple question. Have you ever played with or against an isolated pawn and won that game or even fought hard? Or were you facing any trouble playing with/against an isolated pawn?


 There are two famous quotes on the “Isolated pawn” in chess. They go like this:

“The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard.”

–  Aaron Nimzowitsch

“He who fears the isolated queen’s pawn should give up chess.”

–  Siegbert Tarrasch


Of course, we don’t want YOUR chessboard to be gloomy when you play. Also, we don’t want YOU to fear the isolated pawn and give up chess! 🙂


So if you have been facing problems playing with/against an isolated pawn, then you can forget about that ‘problem’ now! 🙂

To help you out, we’ve invited our old friend, and a very strong GM MIkhailo Oleksienko, to give you a nice and instructive lesson on this topic.


Therefore, I’ve published a new lesson for you, “How to play with or against the isolated pawn?”, prepared by GM Oleksienko.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the following things when playing with/against an isolated pawn:

  • How to and where to place your pieces, to make an attack?
  • What should your typical plan be?
  • Should you go for an exchange of pieces under such situations?
  • How to play actively?
  • What you should generally do when you have an isolated pawn?
  • And lots more.


You can watch the video lesson below:

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If you enjoyed the lesson, please share it with your friends and feel free to write your comments below. 🙂


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  1. Wow, what a lesson!
    He clearly showed how powerful his logic is.
    I’m a fan of GM Oleksienko’s way of explaining things!
    The format “guess the move” to me is the best to learn and remember.
    Best Regards,

  2. Very good chess lesson, full of powerfull ideas that are coming naturally from a logical thinking process shown to us by GM Oleksienko. This is the prove that the thinking process developed by our chess coach, GM Igor Smirnov is the one that GM Oleksienko is using, what means that this sistem of thinking is suitable to very strong chess players, GM Oleksienko having an official FIDE rating of 2643. Thank you Igor for sharing with us quality chess courses. Keep up the good work! 😉

  3. Thank you for the lesson. To me it is very valuable to see the logical manner which GM Oleksienko uses to position his pieces on the board. The presentation was clear and at a pace that I was able to follow without problems. A job well done.

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