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,
[-] King Held in Center


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

King Held in Center

  • ? Further clarification of other factors is needed.

  • A King can be held in the Center, for example, by an adverse Queen or Bishop attacking down to the 1st Rank of the enemy's camp, crucially between the King and Rook, preventing the King from Castling to (relative) safety.

Ken's Comments ...

As mentioned above, sometimes the King WANTS to stay in the center. But if he is FORCED to stay in the center, either by check which forces the King to move, or attack on the Rook forcing it to move (and therefore losing the right to castle on that side), or keeping a piece (Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen) attacking on a square through which the King needs to move to castle (on the Queenside, the Q and QB home squares, and on the K side, the KB and KN squares), then subtract the point.


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