Holes: Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1)

Holes
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Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 86A to 86B - Page 125-126 PCC, Holes. Example #1
The Holes after P-N3 (1 of 2)

(p125-126) Diagram NO.86A to NO.86B
Darga v. Toran, 1955
The Holes after P-N3
(1 of 2)


In this example, Black incurs a vulnerable Hole on the Kingside (h6), after:

[1] Advancing his Kingside P-N3 (...g7-g6), to prepare for the Fianchetto of his dark-Bishop;

[2] Fianchettoing his dark-Bishop (...Bf8-g7), so it takes over guard duty of the f6- & h6-squares, from Black's g-Pawn;

[3] Castling to the Kingside (...O-O);

[4] Losing his Fianchettoed Bg7, in an exchange for White's Nc3.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 87A to 87B - Page 126-127 PCC, Holes. Example #1
The Holes after P-N3 (2 of 2)

(p126-127) Diagram NO.87A to NO.87B
Alekhine v. Brinckmann, 1927
The Holes after P-N3
(2 of 2)


In this example, Black incurs a critical Hole at h6, just like in No.86A, following the advance of his g-Pawn (...g7-g6); the Fianchettoing of his dark-Bishop (...Bf8-g7), followed by its loss (exchanging for a White Knight); combined with Black's decision to Castle Kingside (...O-O).

However, because Black's e-Pawn also gets advanced (and lost), Black incurs a Hole at f6 that contributes to a Weak-Square Complex of dark-squares, on the Kingside, leaving Black's Kingside even more vulnerable than in No.86A.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 105A to 105B - Page 156-157 PCC, Holes. Example #2
The Holes after P-KN3

(p156-157) Diagram NO.105A to NO.105B
Matanovich v. Kieniger, 1955
The Holes after P-KN3

This example begins with Black already having incurred the Kingside Holes (f6 & h6), and the fundamental process of their creation shares the same pattern as was seen in No.86 and No.87, where Black Castles Kingside, toward the Kingside Holes, after the advance of his g-Pawn and the Fianchetto of his dark-Bishop.

The main focus of this shorter example is to do with the subtle way in which White takes manages to take-out Black's Fianchettoed dark-Bishop, prior to taking advantage of those critical Holes in close proximity to the Black King's stronghold.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 88 - Page 127-128 PCC, Holes. Example #3
Exploiting Holes Despite the Bishop

(p127-128) Diagram NO.88
Pachman v. Najdorf, 1955
Exploiting Holes Despite the Bishop

This is yet another example of Holes after P-KN3 (like No.86, No.87 & No.105). However, this time it's White's turn to incur these Kingside Holes.

The primary focus of this example looks at how Black exploits the Holes at White's Kingside, despite the presence of White's King Bishop (in those other three examples, just linked to above, the Fianchettoed Bishop had been taken-out, before the opposing side sent in units to occupy the Holes).

The only other differences are that White's critical Holes are, of course, at f3 & h3, rather than at f6 & h6, and they come after P-KN3 (though, in this case following White's g2-g3, instead of Black's ...g7-g6).
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 90 - Page 129-130 PCC, Holes. Example #4
Holes in the Center

(p129-130) Diagram NO. xA to NO. xC.
Lasker v. Capablanca, 1914
Holes in the Center

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 91 - Page 130-131 PCC, Holes. Example #5
The Hole at Q3 (1 of 2)

(p130-131) Diagram NO.91
Paulsen v. Morphy, 1857
The Hole at Q3 (1 of 2)

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 92 - Page 131-132 PCC, Holes. Example #5
The Hole at Q3 (2 of 2)

(p131-132) Diagram NO.92
Capablanca v. Janowski, 1918
The Hole at Q3 (2 of 2)

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • Holes, (p124)
  • The Holes after P-N3, (p125)
  • Exploiting Holes Despite the Bishop, (p127)
  • Holes in the Center, (p128)
  • The Hole at Q3, (p130)
  • The Holes after P-KN3, (p155)
  • Holes SUMMARY, (p135)


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