GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #6:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
4. ... e6
(GW, June 2nd) At this point, Black has 2 units guarding e4; 3 units guarding d5; and just 1 guarding d4. With e4 being in my territory and being twice attacked, I think I should start to fight back, focusing on that square? Candidate Moves: 5. Nc3, 5. d3. I've chosen the latter (5. d3), as it does more with that single tempo; it adds a unit of pressure to e4, guards c4 (holding off c5-c4) and releases the Queen Bishop.
5. d3 Nc6
(GW, June 2nd) But, now Black's got a Pawn on 4th (c5) v. Pawn on 3rd (d3). This is where I grind to a halt, or end up moving material without certainty that I'm making the correct move / least-bad move.
I don't even have to look at the COA Center Domination to see Black is already ahead in dominating the Center.
The only thing that's stopping me from starting again is awareness that beginning with a Flank Opening, like the Barcza Opening, lets the opponent gain a lead in development in the center, while I complete Castling and safeguarding my King.
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