GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #2:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

GW-KW, Point Count Chess,
Raw Discussion, May 19th 2011,
What I Needed Ken To Clarify,
[-] Hanging Pawns

May 19th 2011, additions to that discussion about Hanging Pawns ...

(GW, May 19th) In his book, Play Winning Chess, Yasser Seirawan defines the term "Hang" as to be "unprotected and exposed to capture". No mention of being on the 4th Rank, but I'll add that to the definition.

Therefore, Hanging Pawns are simply Pawns - on the 4th Rank - that are unprotected and exposed to capture.

Ken's Comments ...

I don't believe that it HAS to be the fourth rank, but it NORMALLY is on the fourth rank.

(GW, May 19th) What's interesting about H&M-S's p. 114 definition is they use the term "isolated". Now, they also give a point for Isolated Pawns (the entry above this one); so, as soon as you get an Isolated Pawn, isn't that also Hanging Pawn situation ... whereas, the Hanging Phalanx - commonly referred to by the plural, "Hanging Pawns" - is usually two Pawns side-by-side, both isolated on the 4th Rank and at risk of being captured from the front?

Ken's Comments ...

I think when he uses the term "Isolated" here, he means there is no pawn next to it on an adjacent file that can protect it. An Isolated Pawn (above) is a SINGLE pawn without support from a pawn on an adjacent file. A Hanging Pawn is in a Phalanx (TWO pawns) with one pawn of the phalanx, at least, without support from a pawn on an adjacent file, and is subject to attack.

(GW, May 19th) Here's another good YouTube video, this one showing two Hanging Pawn situations: presents: The ups and downs of
"Hanging Pawns" - Kasparov and Fischer examples

Ken's Comments ...

Note at timeline 27:36 that the Hanging Phalanx are converted to a Hanging Pawns. I think I have changed my mind by this example, that there is a difference between the two.

Since a Phalanx is two pawns side by side, and a Hanging Phalanx would be two pawns side by side without support, at this timeline, we see a Hanging Pawns situation. Hanging Pawns, as mentioned above, CAN have support for one pawn on an adjacent file.

I think if neither pawn has support, it is a Hanging Phalanx. One formation has been changed into another.

A Hanging Phalanx is a particular subset of the Hanging Pawn situation, where it does not have a pawn on an adjacent file. Another way to put it is, while all Hanging Phalanx's are Hanging Pawns, not all Hanging Pawns are Hanging Phalanx's!

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