The Advanced Chain:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)

The Advanced Chain
Point Count Chess: [+]

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Advanced Beginners Chess Teaser pccThis article includes my notes, additional images and interactive chess positions from my study of Horowitz & Mott-Smith's book, Point Count Chess.

Point Count Chess,
Chapter 3. Advanced Chains and Salients (p29-41)

Point Count Chess, Examples:
  • The French Defense Chains
  • Capitalizing an Advanced Chain
  • The Insecure Chain
  • The Chain in the King's Gambit

Diagram 1, below, shows both White and Black pawns in a standard Pawn Chain formation.

Advanced Chain, Image 1, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 1: White & Black Pawn Chains
Any Pawn Chain where the lead Pawn sits on the 5th Rank (thus, advanced into enemy territory), scores as a countable advantage.

Diagram 2, below, shows both White & Black with Advanced Chain formations, with the lead pawn of White's Chain being on e5, while the lead of Black's Chain is on h4.
Advanced Chain, Image 2, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 2: White & Black Advanced Chains

Of course, if both armies had Advanced Chains, like in Diagram 2, the plus points would cancel each others out.

There's also the qualitative aspect of the two Chains to take into account, though this doesn't score any extra points. In Diagram 2, White's Chain is better, because it is closer to the Center.

Moving On: PCC Examples, The Advanced Chain (Page 2).

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