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 Thought I Understood,
[-] Holes

(GW) What I thought I understood about ...


  • A Hole is simply a square left unguarded by Pawns, due to those Pawns having advanced or gone missing (due to capturing enemy, or having been captured themselves).

  • H&M-S essentially ignore Holes that develop as the natural consequence of having to advance Pawns into their desired/necessary formations.

  • The actual Holes to look out for arise in the Center, between the 3rd and 6th Rank, and also in front of the Castled King.

  • An example would be a Hole at h3, following the advance of the G Pawn, to g3, in the process of fianchettoing the King Bishop.

Ken's Comments ...

Good! Also, if the Bishop on g2 were traded, then that square would become a hole.

Also, your COA under Control tab identifies holes that have not been plugged when there are spots on the board from the 2nd to 7th rank that are not colored.

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