GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #5:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
May 29th 2011, additions to that discussion about Hanging Pawns ...
(GW, May 29th) Okay, let's sort this Hanging Pawns issue once and for all ...
Here's the definitions of Isolated Pawns & Hanging Pawns, from Yasser Seirawan, then H&M-S:
I mentioned the Isolated Pawn because I had queried whether Black's a-pawn, in the ChessWorld.net YouTube video (timeline 25:38), was a Hanging Pawn, since it was being frontally attacked. However, having compared all definitions just given, I can see it's definitely an Isolated Pawn, nothing more.
Now onto Hanging Pawns ... The confusion comes about with H&M-S's inclusion of the "Hanging Phalanx" in their Point Count Table (PCC, page 8). Interestingly, in their Glossary, they don't even mention/list Hanging Phalanx, just Hanging Pawns.
Looking at the above YouTube video @ timeline 25:38, at the c5 & d5 Pawns, and then re-reading the two definitions of Hanging Pawns (by Seirawan and H&M-S, respectively), the formation seen in the video is a Hanging Pawns situation. There is no Hanging Pawn (singular) situation, as I'd originally thought.
That just leaves the Hanging Phalanx, listed by H&M-S in the Point Count Table ... I see no difference between a "Hanging Phalanx" and "two Pawns in Phalanx formation on the same (4th) Rank".
Wait a minute ... I've got to return to what you said, beneath the video (The Ups and Downs of "Hanging Pawns"), timeline 27:36 ... You say you do see a difference. Here, I've screen-captured the two situations:
... could it be that H&M-S see the Hanging Phalanx as the two Pawns on the 4th Rank, side-by-side without friendly Pawns on the adjacent files, as in Ex.1. But, they're termed Hanging Pawns when a friendly pawn is connected to them on the 3rd Rank, as with the e6 Pawn, in Ex.2?
(GW, May 29th) The decision now would be whether to distinguish the two separate situations or, as seems to be the modern way, just term both situations as Hanging Pawns, whether the two Pawns are isolated together on the 4th Rank, or with one side connected to a Pawn on the 3rd Rank?
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