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far1ey 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Minority Attack or Pawn Majority? Some people will probably think this question as stupid but this has been troubling me for some time. Basically my question is what should I do in a 3p vs 2p situation?

Situation 1:
Do I advance my pawn majority and then what will happen after an exchange of pawns? We are left with a minority attack for the opposing side, is this good or bad?

Situation 2:
As the 2p in this situation should I advance and exchange pawns (the minority attack) or should I not as this aids the person with 3p in their Pawn Majority advance?

I guess I am being too complicated but my main question is 'What is the difference between a pawn majority advance for one side and a minority attack for the other side?'
kewms 37 ( +1 | -1 )
It depends.

In the endgame, the side with 3 pawns should emerge with a passed pawn, and therefore should win. (Assuming favorable king position.)

In the middlegame, though, it really depends on which side can more effectively bring pieces to attack the breach created by the advancing pawns. Pawns alone are not (usually) enough to do much damage.
far1ey 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Ahhh, thanks kewms. So if I use the minority attack I am playing to make weaknesses in the opponents camp and attack them where as if I play for a Pawn Majority I am playing to get a passed pawn BUT I run the risk of having the pawn weakened and turned into a target.
ionadowman 79 ( +1 | -1 )
far1ey... ... that is a very good summing up of kewms, her explanation. If you can get hold of Max Euwe's double volume book on the middlegame, the second volume has a fine explanation of the minority attack and its workings.
Consider this skeleton position:
leaving pieces out of the picture for the moment.
By advancing 1.b4 2.a4 3.b5 and forcing exchanges on b5 or c6, White hopes to induce Black into accepting an isolated d-pawn (isolani or IQP) or an exposed backward pawn like this:
Now imagine if White is in a position to double or treble the heavy pieces on the c-file, say. Black's c-pawn is a vital weakness very hard to defend.
This kind of idea crops up often in QP openings...