GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #1:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

GW-KW, Point Count Chess,
Raw Discussion, May 18th 2011,
What I Needed Ken To Clarify,
[+] Better King Position

(GW) What I needed Ken to clarify ...

Better King Position

  • I would assume, if one King is still in the Center (Rank 1, King file), while the adverse King has Castled safely, the latter King has the "better position", therefore gets the plus point?

  • If both Kings have Castled, would you need to examine both defenses ... the stronger defence getting the "Better King Position"?

  • Any other factors?

Ken's Comments ...

There is a lot in the chapter (22) on the factors concerning the King. All H&M-S say is that the point goes to "the King that is free to roam",p.266, which earlier he mentioned as being the King most free to advance forward through the ranks. Normally this takes place in the endgame.

As an aside, a King can actually be quite safe in the middle of the board in many games, without castling. It depends if the opponent can take advantage of the fact that he is in the middle. If one side's King is stuck on its home rank (say because of Rook on 7th), while the other King is free to march forward to snatch pawns, the second would get the point. This is how H&M-S describe it.

The defense of the King is dealt with under "Compromised Kingside".

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