Advantage Detection Guide:
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 3)

Advantage Detection Guide


Mobility simply refers to how easy it is for a player's army to move ... Having greater Mobility, for your army, can give you one more Advantage, over your opponent.

When a player has greater Mobility, it simply means there are more square options for that player's troops to move to, without the threat of being suddenly captured.

During the first few moves, of the Opening, both players will have good Mobility ... Then, as the game approaches the Middlegame phase, you can expect fewer easy/safe options - thus, there's less Mobility.

Open Game situations offer the better prospects for good Mobility; while, a Closed Game situation will restrict movement options, so you can expect less Mobility, here.

Mobility can be measured across the entire Board, as a whole; or, it can be measured within a certain Zone - e.g. whether a player has greater Mobility on the Kingside, versus the Queenside.

A quick scan of the Board can usually tell you whether you have greater Mobility than your opponent ...

But, if you need extra confirmation, using the Point Count, Space Count and Control measuring systems, will give you more analytical clarification.

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