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Fawn Pawns
Compiled by jessicafischerqueen

This Collection is dedicated to the <FAWN PAWN>

Game Collection: More Fawn Pawns Compiled by SwitchingQuylthulg

A <FAWN PAWN> is a pawn on the 6th rank blockaded by an enemy pawn on the 7th rank, but which cannot be captured by any enemy pawn


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What I find fascinating about the <Fawn Pawn> is that it gives you a positional advantage with immense latent tactical power. Often, this power is not seen until the end game. Meaning that if you manage to establish a <Fawn Pawn> in the Middle game, your opponent can never, ever, forget about it.

Psychologically, I think the positional trump of a <Fawn Pawn> exerts a baleful influence on your opponent.

Here is a spectacular example of the tactical power of a <Fawn Pawn> coming to life in a beautiful mating combination by's own <Benzol> (P. Morten):

P Morten vs B Rider, 2003

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White to play and win by force:

Here is the mating attack which hinges on creating a <Fawn Pawn> on the <f6> square-

35.Rd8+ Kg7
36.Qf6+ Qxf6

The creation of a <Fawn Pawn>, of course, is rarely as spectacular as in this game, where the creation of the <Fawn Pawn> also creates <CHECKMATE>

If you browse through this collection, you will see that the <Fawn Pawn> exerts a wide variety of different kinds of baleful influence and force on the enemy position.

These games were actually harvested by <Crawfb5>, <SwitchingQuylthulg>, <phony benoni>, <Benzol>, <Shams>, and <hms123>

"Naming Notes"-

Some refer to this as a <Pawn Nail>, or a <Thorn Pawn>. The noted youtube chess video annotator Tryfon Gavriel- known as <Kingscrusher>- calls them <Thorn Pawns>. However, Tryfon has a heavy English accent, so we thought he was saying <Fawn Pawns>.


So we've been calling them <Fawn Pawns> all year.

Alekhine vs Hoelscher, 1933 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Van Wely, 2002
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs Topalov, 2008 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Bareev vs Korotylev, 2004 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Perello + 3 players, 1935 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 49 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs H Wolf, 1922 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

Yates vs S Takacs, 1927 
(B83) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

P Morten vs B Rider, 2003 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch, 1925 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 23 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1912 
(A43) Old Benoni, 19 moves, 1-0

Hort vs J H Donner, 1972 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs H Suechting, 1908
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

G Bailey vs E Fischvogt, 1999 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

F Sanz vs E M Green, 1970 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

The King vs XINIX, 2006 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 61 moves, 1-0

Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Miles, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Kamyshov vs Panov, 1945 
(C28) Vienna Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(A25) English, 37 moves, 1-0

J Baules vs H H Hernandez, 2008
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 28 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 0-1

Deffi wins with the FAWN PAWN
S Hosea vs S Thomson, 2009 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Deffi Defeats the FAWN PAWN
S Thomson vs S Hosea, 2009 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 61 moves, 0-1

courtesy of Crawfb5
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1966 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

sac of Rome
Zsofia Polgar vs Suba, 1989 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Thanks to Whiteshark
Larsen vs Gligoric, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

Ahues vs Sultan Khan, 1930 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

De Vere vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Rossolimo vs I Romanenko, 1948 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

A Yuneev vs K Klaman, 1979
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 22 moves, 1-0

G Guseinov vs T Nedev, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

J Cesena vs J Dyke, 1979 
(C57) Two Knights, 19 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2011 
(B30) Sicilian, 96 moves, 1-0

B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Olland vs Tartakower, 1907 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Leonhardt vs Spielmann, 1910 
(C14) French, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs E Cohn, 1907 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 1-0

E R Lundin vs Spielmann, 1931
(A22) English, 72 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 
(C13) French, 27 moves, 1-0

Anand vs P H Nielsen, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

H Itkis vs O Sagalchik, 2002
(A13) English, 33 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Sting, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Timman vs S Ernst, 2012 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 33 moves, 1-0

V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk, 2012 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 0-1

A Zinkl vs Metger, 1897 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Hoi vs L Karlsson, 2006 
(A84) Dutch, 36 moves, 0-1

E Nikolic vs Fischer, 1968 
(A10) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Y Zherebukh vs Mamedyarov, 2011 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

From Switch
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

King reaches the promoting square!
A Alexander vs O Cordel, 1870 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 23 moves, 0-1

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