Isolated Queen’s Pawn with IM Mat Kolosowski

Topics: Chess Courses Instructor: IM Mat Kolosowski Level: Intermediate
It's a double-edged sword that every chess player must learn to yield. That's where this course comes in.In this 3 hour course, IM Mat Kolosowski takes you on a ride to understand your Isolated Queen's Pawn in a different light.


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12 Lessons
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Course Outline

  • Chapter 1. Static Weakness Of The IQP
  • Chapter 2. Transition To A Better Endgame I
  • Chapter 3. Transition To A Better Endgame II
  • Chapter 4. Transition To D5-C6 Structure I
  • Chapter 5. Transition To C6-D5 Structure II
  • Chapter 6. Typical Pawn Push I
  • Chapter 7. Typical Pawn Push II
  • Chapter 8. Typical Pawn Push III
  • Chapter 9. Typical Pawn Push IV
  • Chapter 10. Attacking The King I
  • Chapter 11. Attacking The King II
  • Chapter 12. Attacking The King Using F-Pawn

An early d4 move by White and d5 by Black, followed by undermining pawn moves in the adjacent files—and there it is, the true “pride and sorrow” of chess.

Not only can it win you games like a rockstar, it can also lose you games like mere simpletons!

  • Strong outposts on c5 and e5…
  • Gaining central control…
  • Facilitating better development…
  • Constraining Black’s position…

The Isolani is a force to reckon with in the middlegame. This is where it is most active and this is where it should live and die.

However, some have a longer life span and live until the endgame. And that’s where the force quickly fizzles into a BIG MINUS.

It’s hard to defend without the rest of the minor pieces missing on the board.

The opponent usually ends up grabbing the IQP and takes his extra pawn to promote to a queen (or whatever he wishes).

What is an Isolated Queen’s Pawn?

It’s a double-edged sword that every chess player must learn to yield. That’s where this course comes in.

In this 3 hour course, IM Mat Kolosowski takes you on a ride to understand your Isolated Queen’s Pawn in a different light.

Whether it is to transition into a better endgame, push the pawn to promotion or attack the opponent’s king, Kolosowski will cover all these different aspects of playing with an Isolated Queen’s Pawn and turning it into a killer weapon.

What you will learn:

  • Asset or liability? While isolated queen’s pawns can be powerful accessories… they usually end up being mere “pawns” in the hands of a dangerous opponent. Just like Lasker did with Rubinstein’s IQP in Moscow Int’l 1925.
  • United we stand. Who wants to be alone in this world? Instead, exploit pawn exchanges to bring in a few mates for the isolated pawn… and grab a LOT of space in the center like Petrosian did against Spassky in the 1969 WCC match.
  • Sharing is caring. Petrosian was a positional monster—and that includes handling the IQPs like a boss! If he found his own IQP was stopping his play, he sacrificed it by giving his opponent one instead. (More inside this course.)
  • Let’s fight elsewhere. If you still get an Isolani in your camp, what do you do? Get creative like Baadur Jobava. Forget about your isolated queen’s pawn and get busy attacking the enemy king… like he did against Simacek in the 2013 European Championship match.

About the Author

IM Mat Kolosowski (FIDE 2451)

Mat Kołosowski is an International Master from Poland. He is a multiple Polish youth championship medalist. In 2010 he took 5th place in European U-18 Championship. During the course of his chess career Mat won many international tournaments. Apart from being a player he is also a chess coach who has experience in working with students from more than 20 countries.