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Isolani Strategy
Compiled by kenilworthian
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Games from the book Isolani Strategy: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Isolated Queen's Pawn by Alexander Beliavsky, Adrian Mikhalchishin, and Oleg Stetsko (2012). In progress...

Defense against the IQP
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

Attack on the kingside (with f4-f5)
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Y Nikolaevsky, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

K Lerner vs A V Kharitonov, 1984 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

1. Attack on the kingside with pieces
Furman vs Keres, 1955 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Lutikov, 1957 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Keene vs Miles, 1976  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

Isolani with pawn at c6
Lputian vs Balashov, 1986 
(D68) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Huebner, 1983 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs B Berger, 1964 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs C W Pritchett, 1976
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 29 moves, 1-0

Dlugy vs Oll, 1989
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Velimirovic vs J Rukavina, 1975 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Dreev vs Dolmatov, 1989
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Radjabov vs Svidler, 2006 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Navara vs Svidler, 2006 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

L Bruzon Batista vs L Dominguez, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 67 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

G Sargissian vs E Najer, 2008
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

2. The d4-d5 Breakthrough
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Eingorn vs Gelfand, 1989
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Boleslavsky vs Kotov, 1953 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

V Milov vs N Guliyev, 2005
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

Gavrikov vs K Hulak, 1990
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 65 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Larsen, 1970 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Psakhis, 1990 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 36 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1999
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

3. Attack on the queen-side
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Kupreichik, 1985 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

Pinter vs Korchnoi, 1988
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 46 moves, 1-0

Rozentalis vs Smirin, 1988
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 32 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1991 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 35 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Geller, 1981 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 33 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Ljubojevic, 1987 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 39 moves, 1-0

Sasikiran vs V Malakhov, 2006 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Ponomariov vs Van Wely, 2005 
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Akopian vs Karjakin, 2006 
(B50) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

4. Blockade at d5
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Damljanovic vs Beliavsky, 1993
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

L Bruzon Batista vs Anand, 2005 
(A13) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Suetin, 1966 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 0-1

Mikhalchishin vs Psakhis, 1981
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 45 moves, 0-1

Sveshnikov vs A Riazantsev, 2002
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 49 moves, 0-1

F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006  
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Tal, 1957 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

F Braga vs Portisch, 1982 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 35 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Karpov, 1973 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 39 moves, 0-1

M Gurevich vs Yudasin, 1986
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs Mikhalchishin, 1978
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Moiseenko vs A Volokitin, 2005
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs L Bruzon Batista, 2005
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mikhalchishin vs B Lalic, 1985
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

Vyzmanavin vs Kaidanov, 1987
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 66 moves, 1-0

F Braga vs Karpov, 1982 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 65 moves, 0-1

5 Attack on the isolated d5 pawn - 5.1 Exchanging pieces
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1922 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 63 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs E Zagorjansky, 1943 
(A13) English, 42 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Spassky, 1979 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Pinter vs K H Podzielny, 1986
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs A Riazantsev, 2005 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Matulovic vs Balashov, 1979
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

5.2 Exchanging the dark squared bishop in the French
Karpov vs G Kuzmin, 1973 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs Lputian, 1985
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1941 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Vaganian, 1976 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

5.3 Piece attack on the isolani
Beliavsky vs Bareev, 1994 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Leko, 2006 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 71 moves, 1-0

5.4 Creating an isolated pawn pair / duo
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian vs Beliavsky, 1973 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 1-0

G Agzamov vs Geller, 1984
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Vaganian, 1980 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

5.5 Creation of a central pawn pair
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hjartarson vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

5.6 Transition into an endgame
Flohr vs Capablanca, 1935 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs J Penrose, 1969 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs A V Kharitonov, 1988 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs A Zaitsev, 1969 
(A14) English, 38 moves, 1-0

Bacrot vs Bologan, 2005 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

The dynamic potential of the d5 pawn
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Chandler, 1983 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

D Neukirch vs Uhlmann, 1974 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

L Schmid vs Portisch, 1974
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 42 moves, 0-1

IQP king and pawn ending
Ehlvest vs I Rausis, 1995 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

IQP king and pawn ending
Yurtaev vs Temirbaev, 1998
(A84) Dutch, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

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