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 Just Didn't Get,
[-] Hanging Pawns

(GW) What I just didn't get ...

Hanging Pawns

  • ? I don't fully understand this, yet.

Ken's Comments ...

H&M-S on p. 114, paragraph one define hanging pawns as "Fourth ranked phalanx isolated from other pawns and under frontal attack." Later, on p.121, they say "and if its defense will tie up several pieces. It is also weak if, when attacked by an enemy pawn, it can neither push on nor swap itself off without serious disadvantage."

Then, in the Summary, they say, "but connection on one side does not guarantee safety of the pawn on the other side", so one pawn can be the advanced pawn of a chain, with the other pawn next to it. That is really all there is to it. Two pawns side by side, either with one side connected or not, normally on the fourth rank (but not excluding other ranks), and under frontal attack.

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