Advantage Detection Guide:
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 3)
In your own Chess games, being able to determine who holds the Advantage - whether it's you or your opponent - helps you know whether your tactics and overall Strategy is working.
At any stage, during a game, you can count up the material that both sides still have on the Board ... If both sides have all their Pawns and all their Pieces, then NEITHER has the Advantage.
But, if one player has lost just a single Pawn, even though it's a slight imbalance, it would be the other player who would hold a material Advantage.
However, having a material Advantage is just one aspect and it can't be solely relied upon, as positioning and development also play a part in overall Advantage Detection ...
It could be that both players have Castled their King, to a safer region on the Board - whether they've both gone for the same side, or one King has been Castled Kingside, while the other is Castled Queenside ...
Neither would have the Advantage, here.
Now, let's say both players had Castled their Kings ... We need another method to determine which side has an Advantage.
Weaknesses in the Pawn Structure become targets for the opposition to attack. As such, any of the following Weaknesses would be a Disadvantage:
Moving On: Control (Page 2).
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