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brobishkin 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Isolani... Does anyone else here know what one must do when they have an isolani?... I mean what are the chess principles in dealing with an isolani...

Bro...
zdrak 45 ( +1 | -1 )
a. Usually your strength will be in the middlegame and your weakness in the endgame. Do no exchange needlessly.

b. Try to establish outposts on squares controlled by that pawn. Eg. when having an isolated pawn on d4, try to plant a knight on e5 or c5. Either force your opponent to exchange that knight (thus "fixing" your pawn structure) or use it as a hinge for attack.

c. Try to push the pawn forward if possible. d4-d5 is white's dream-move in such positions.
nova-kane 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Unlclear It is unclear if the isolani is good.
It should be used for attacks against the enemy king. It is usually the only advanced center pawn and that gives the side that has it an advantage in space. There are also open files to be used next to it. It should be good to avoid trades ecspeccially of minor pieces.

I usually try to get rid of it quickly, but that is just my preference.
keiserpaul 14 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak is right. But I want to add :
d. Put your rooks on the open e- and c- files.
And as a strategy for Black : attack the isolated pawn by concentrating all your forces on it.
brobishkin 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Very good... Excellent answers and thanks for the replies..

The question someone should ask oneself before deciding on whether to accept the isolated pawn, is whether or not I can control the square directly in front of the isolani... Another thing to strive for when in posession of an isolated pawn, is to trade out minor pieces as fast as possible... That will strengthen the isolated pawn in the end...

Bro...
furryfunbundle 29 ( +1 | -1 )
You can get a good feel by... Playing through openings known to exploit 9or suffer the consequences of...) isolated pawns. One that comes to mind of course is the tarrasch - you can find many games by grandmasters (adopting either the white or black side) and get a feel for how they handle the various phases of the position.
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atrifix 69 ( +1 | -1 )
Isolanis An isolated d-pawn situation will often give rise to various other structures, such as hanging pawns, or with an extended pawn on e5 after an ...Nxe5 and dxe5, etc. You should know the advantages and disadvantages of these structures as well.

The side with the isolani NEVER wants to trade off minor pieces (very, very rarely). These are what make up an attack; trading them off just brings the game closer to an endgame where the weakness of the isolani is apparent.

Consider the two following situations:
W: Kg1, Qe2, Rd1, Rc1, Nc3, Nf3, Bd3, Bg5, Pa2, b2, d4, f2, g2, h2
B: Kg8, Qd8, Rc8, Re8, Nc6, Nf6, Bb7, Be7, Pa7, b6, e6, f7, g7, h7

and
W: Kg1, Qd2, Rd1, Rd3, Pa2, b2, d4, f2, g2, h2
B: Kg8, Qd7, Rd5, Rd8, Pa7, b6, e6, f7, g7, h7

I don't see how exchanging off minor pieces has strengthened the isolated pawn...(the first situation is about equal, but black is easily winning in the second).