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,
[+] Half-open File

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

Half-open File

  • Is the side who gets the plus point the one who has the Pawn missing from their Rank, while the adverse Pawn still sits on its file ... the opening a plus point since it enables one of the friendly Rooks to see out into the middle of the board (all the way to the enemy camp, perhaps)?

Ken's Comments ...

Right. But generally I don't count it a plus until a Rook or Queen is on the file attacking the other pawn. H&M-S in the Summary, p. 227 give the point "if you see a clear prospect of posting a Rook or Queen upon it with effect". To me, that is too subjective. More objective is to have the Rook or Queen on the half open file.

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