Error Management Guide:
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 3)
Leaving Your Pieces Undefended
It should be pointed out that there are tactical decisions made, whereby a player will deliberately allow a Piece to be captured, in order to gain advantage elsewhere ...
We're not talking about tactical sacrifices, here.
We're focusing on negligence - moving Pawns and Pieces without considering the consequences - no tactical reasoning; no strategic ploy ... Just pure, absentmindedness in your game play.
If you leave a Piece negligently undefended, it's likely it could be captured WITHOUT your ability to capture back.
... And, without playing for some sort of gain elsewhere; if you allow your opponent to capture a Piece, without reply, you will be reducing the effectiveness of your army.
Just take a look at the potential square coverage you'd be throwing away, if just ONE Piece were to be captured, without reply:
Coverage Lost *
c3-c6, d3-d6, e3-e6, f3-f6
* These numbers are based on each Piece having a clear, unobstructed view and getting each respective Piece onto a square - ** the Optimal Square - where it can cover the most number of squares, from its position.
Moving On: Not Developing Your Pieces (Page 11).
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