Who gets hung by hanging pawns? Is this pawn structure good or bad? It depends on who controls the squares in front of those pawns. This can arise from a Queen's Indian Defence. White has hanging pawns at c4 and d4 while Black has pawns at b6 and e6. White wants his pawns to advance and keep advancing with the support of his pieces. If the hanging pawns stop moving, the advantage shifts to Black.
Ray Haines obtains a flexible hanging pawns center vs Nathan Gates in the recent Houlton Open in Maine. This opening began as a Colle System vs a Gruenfeld set-up. Before I give my game analysis, Ray Haines explains what happened in this game:
"This is the second time which I have played Nathan. I ended up with hanging pawns in the center He played the game with the plan of attacking my Queen Bishop Pawn. These pawns can be strong as they control the center. They are strong when setting on c4 and d4. They can advance and become strong attacking weapons as they move forward. The problem in this game is that too many pieces got traded off too fast. This resulted in a drawish end game. I put the whole game into my computer using Fritz11 and it rated the game as even all the way though. I did make a mistake on move 48. I had about 6 minutes to finish and my opponent had 2 minutes to finish. He made a mistake. He needed to play pawn takes pawn. This would have given him the better game, I worked it out with my computer from that point for 20 moves. Black would find it very hard to win, if he could even win it."
Haines - Gates, Houlton Open (1), 25.07.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.Bd3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 Bg4 6.Nbd2 [This knight move is certainly playable, but it would also be very reasonable for White to try 6.c4 when the attack on d5 can be bolstered by the sharper Nc3.] 6...0-0 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Nxf3 Re8 9.c4 e6 10.b3 [Another idea is 10.Qb3+/= aiming at both d5 and b7.] 10...c5 11.Bb2 cxd4 12.exd4 Nc6 13.a3 [13.Re1 Nb4 14.Bb1+/=] 13...dxc4 14.bxc4 Nd7 15.Re1 Nb6 16.Bf1 Rc8 17.Rb1 Qc7 18.d5!? [Maybe 18.Qd3 ] 18...Bxb2?! [18...exd5=] 19.Rxb2?! [19.d6!+/- looks promising] 19...exd5 20.cxd5 Rxe1 21.Nxe1 Rd8 22.Rd2 Ne5 23.Qb3 Qe7 24.Nc2 Qc5 25.Ne3 Nc6 [25...Ned7 26.g3=] 26.Rc2 [26.Ng4 Kf8 27.Nf6+/-] 26...Nd4 27.Rxc5 Nxb3 28.Rc7 Na5 29.Rc5 Nb3 30.Rb5 Nd4 31.Rb4 Nf5 32.g4 Ne7 33.Bg2 Rd7 34.a4 Nbxd5 35.Nxd5 Nxd5 36.Rd4 Nf6 37.Rxd7 Nxd7 38.Bxb7 Nc5 39.Bc6 Kf8 40.Kf1 Ke7 41.Ke2 Kd6 42.Be8 Ke7 43.Bb5 a6 44.Bc4 a5 45.Bb5 g5 46.Ke3 Ne6 47.Bd3 h6 48.h4? [The players can repeat moves by 48.Bc4 Nf4 49.Bf1 Ne6 50.Bc4=] 48...Nf4 [Black stands better with 48...gxh4!-/+] 49.hxg5 hxg5 50.Bf5 Kd6 51.Kd4 f6 52.f3 Kc6 53.Be4+ Kb6 54.Bd5 Ne2+ 55.Kc4 Nf4 56.Be4 Ne2 57.Kd5 Nc3+ 58.Ke6 Nxa4 59.Kxf6 Nc3 60.Bc2 a4 61.Bxa4 Nxa4 62.Kxg5 Nc5 63.f4 Kc7 64.Kf6 Ne4+ 65.Ke6 Kd8 66.g5 Ke8 67.g6 Kf8 68.f5 1/2-1/2
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