The Hanging Phalanx:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)

The Hanging Phalanx
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Point Count Chess, Examples
The Hanging Phalanx

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 81 - Page 116 PCC, The Hanging Phalanx, Example #1
A Connected Phalanx Can Hang (1 of 2)

(p116) Diagram NO.81
Patay v. Reti, 1923
A Connected Phalanx
Can Hang (1 of 2)


In this example, White's two Center Pawns become the Hanging Phalanx, despite being connected by White's Pawn at f3 (White's former g-Pawn, which is forced to become Doubled on the f-file).

Black is able to force through a Passed Pawn, on the Queenside, exploiting White's predicament in having waste precious resources to defend his Hanging Phalanx.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 82A to 82B - Page 117 PCC, The Hanging Phalanx, Example #1
A Connected Phalanx Can Hang (2 of 2)

(p117) Diagram NO.82A to NO.82B
Pachman v. Donner, 1955
A Connected Phalanx
Can Hang (2 of 2)


In this example, Black incurs a connected Hanging Phalanx, which is comprised of his e-Pawn (e5) & former g-Pawn (after it captures across to f5, when completing an exchange of Pawns).

Black's 4th Rank Phalanx is considered to be a Hanging Phalanx, as neither of the two Pawns can advance, without being captured and leaving Black with subsequent weaknesses (either the loss of both Pawns; or one Pawn remains, but becomes Isolated; on top of that, each scenario leaves Black with a Compromised King-side).

Includes a Comparison of the early Opening moves between No.81 (leads to a White Hanging Phalanx) and No.82A (leads to a Black Hanging Phalanx).

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • A Connected Phalanx Can Hang, (p115)
  • Hanging Pawns SUMMARY, (p123)


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