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I've also seen connected pawns referred to as hanging pawns. Perhaps there should be a redirect? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 02:17, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
Hanging pawns are a little different. According to The Mammouth book of Chess, hanging pawns are two connected pawns that stand next to each other, without pawns on the left or right. Often on c4 and d4, for instance. Bubba73(talk), 02:36, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
Are pawns still connected when they are not directly or diagonally adjacent? e.g. one on a2 and one on b5? -- 12:51, 14 September 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk)
Good question. The Oxford Companion to Chess says that a pawn is connected if it can guard or be guarded by a pawn on an adjacent file. So in this case I think it depends on if the pawn on a2 can move. If it is blocked by a black pawn on a3 or a4, I would say that it is not connected. If it is not blocked, then it can guard the pawn on b5 by one move to a4, so I would consider it connected in that case. Bubba73(You talkin' to me?), 15:14, 14 September 2010 (UTC)