Chess Strategy #1: Doubled Pawns

In this post I wanted to talk about the idea of creating and exploiting stacked pawns that can occur early on in a game. When I first started playing I opened with the Ruy Lopez as many new players do. It was common, well studied and had a solid set up for white with good attacking and tactical chances. I traded the Bishop for Knight on c6 early instead of keeping pins and pressure on pieces, of course later on I learned of the benefits of the latter. I wont discount the idea of stacking an opponents pawns early on, especially if the player is lower rated. It provides and early weakness and a clear target to work towards from the opening. As you’ll see in this game I was able to stack Blacks pawns early and plant a Knight on e6 waiting until it was clear to attack. Doubled pawns aren’t always a problem, the second game is one I played as Black where I used the stacked pawns to my advantage and involved them into my position and attack instead of letting it become a weakness.

Strat #1
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Bxc6 bxc6

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Strat #1-2
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Qf6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. e5 Qf5 8. d4 Qe4+ 9. Be3 Bb6 10. Nc3 Qf5 11. h3 Bxf3 12. gxf3 O-O-O

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