Additional Chess Terminology:
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 3)
A larger army will often win against opposition with fewer troops to call upon ... The more material at a player's disposal, the more overwhelmed the smaller opposition will become ...
And that's, basically, how the principle of Force works.
Force can be applied to determine the strength of an entire army, versus the other ... Or, it can be used to determine who has the greater Force in any given region of the Board (Learn more about Chess Board Zones).
Knowing who has the greater Force can help you decide on a plan of action ... For instance, it can give you pointers as to where to focus your next series of attacks; or where you might be able to overwhelm your opponent.
Sometimes it's fairly easy to spot which side has the greater Force, such as in the Endgame phase, when there's only a handful of pieces between both players.
However, when the Board is much more cluttered, you may need to take a second or two, to determine just who has the greater Force ... That's where the Point Count system comes into play.
Moving On: ATTACKING-PLAY TERM: Initiative (Page 6).
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