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BACKWARD PAWN look up translate image
A Pawn that has trailed behind and is no longer supported by other Pawns. A backward Pawn is consider a fundamental weakness in a Chess position because it can be attacked. Its defense requires pieces that are better employed in other plans. See also isolated Pawn.

1. A pawn at the base of a pawn chain that can't move forward due to one or more enemy pawns on the adjacent files. 2. A pawn which stands on an open file and cannot be protected by any other pawn.