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,
[+] Strong Outpost Station


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

Strong Outpost Station

  • ? Needs further clarification (defining the "Strong" portion).

  • ... but, I know that an Outpost is usually a square between the 4th and 6th Rank, which is guarded by, typically, a Pawn (although it can be another Piece), which enables a Piece (e.g. Knight) to sit on the Outpost, in relative safety.

  • I'd, therefore, imagine a "Strong" Outpost Station to be one that is heavily guarded, perhaps by more than one friendly unit, where the enemy simply cannot capture on it without (serious?) loss of material.

Ken's Comments ...

Re: ... but, I know that an Outpost is usually a square between the 4th and 6th Rank, which is guarded by, typically, a Pawn (although it can be another Piece), which enables a Piece (e.g. Knight) to sit on the Outpost, in relative safety.

For now think of an outpost as a Knight defended by a pawn, as on p. 137, paragraph 1. A rule of thumb I use when I try to learn something or teach is, Keep It Simple! Yes, a Rook or Bishop could be outposted there, but those are usually toward the end of the middle game or in the endgame (often after exchanges and simplification of the position), not in the opening or early to mid middlegame.

A pawn is almost always involved in an outpost (with rare exceptions). For now, do not count a point unless a pawn is involved in the defence of the outpost.


Re: I'd, therefore, imagine a "Strong" Outpost Station to be one that is heavily guarded, perhaps by more than one friendly unit, where the enemy simply cannot capture on it without (serious?) loss of material.

A "Strong" outpost is one where a Knight is defended by a pawn, cannot be dislodged without disadvantage to the attacker (COA Center Domination on the single square of the Knight), or which is ahead of a pawn which it is blocking from advancing, and is not easily forced away by a pawn on an adjacent square. I will try to remember to show you more about this as I comment through the games in the future.

A "Weak" outpost would be where one of the 3 factors on p. 147 under "Plugging the Outpost Station" could take place.


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