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

Advanced Salient
(inc. Advanced Reverse Salient)
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Point Count Chess, Examples
Advanced Salient
(inc. Advanced Reverse Salient)

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 24 - Page 41 PCC, Advanced Salient. Example #1
Salient v. Reverse Salient

(p41) Diagram NO.24
Stumpers v. Bouwmeester, 1955
Salient v. Reverse Salient, Example 1

This example shows how Black's non-Advanced Reverse Salient can be used to triumph over White's Advanced Salient.

Black's f-Pawn was used to destroy White's Advanced Salient formation. Also, pay attention to Black's dark-Bishop, as it is used to take advantage of the position, afterwards, playing a key role in the attack on White's King, which resulted in White's resignation.
Point Count Chess - IE - Advanced Salients (Not Featured in Point Count Chess) - Example 2 Advanced Salient. Example #2
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Byrne v. Kotov, 1956
Salient v. Reverse Salient, Example 2

In this example, despite White gaining 2x Advanced Salients and 1x Advanced Reverse Salient, the game ends in a Draw.

Depending on your point of view, this might be useful to see how to avoid playing hard only to end in a draw...

Or, if you're trying to defend against your opponent's Advanced Salients, it could also be useful to see how to salvage a draw, from an arguably inferior position.
Point Count Chess - IE - Advanced Salients (Not Featured in Point Count Chess) - Example 3 Advanced Salient. Example #3
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Evans v. Rossolimo, 1955
Salient v. Reverse Salient, Example 3

This example shows how Black's non-Advanced Reverse Salient can be used to triumph over White's Advanced Salient.

It shares a similarity with No.24, in that Black's f-Pawn plays a prominent role in the destruction of, thus the triumph over, White's Advanced Salient.
Point Count Chess - IE - Advanced Salients (Not Featured in Point Count Chess) - Example 4 Advanced Salient. Example #4
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Thelen v. Treybal, 1927
Salient v. Reverse Salient, Example 4

This example shows how White's Advanced Salient can triumph against Black's Reverse Salient.

In contrast to the previous examples (above), these Salient structures are centered on the Kingside, rather than the Queenside. This means White should expect to deal with attacks on his Advanced Salient from Black's c- & g-Pawns. White's play shows an interesting way to do just that.

It's also interesting to see how White got his e-Pawn up to e5, via f4.

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • Salient v. Reverse Salient, (p41)
  • Advanced Chains and Salients SUMMARY, (p43)


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