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Strong Outpost Station
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2)

NO. 103A to NO. 103B ... p150-151, The Battle of Outposts,
Tarrasch v. Noa, 1885

In the featured game, there were four Outpost stations that H&M-S focussed on, for their example:

  1. c5-Outpost (claimed by White);
  2. d6-Outpost (claimed by White);
  3. c4-Outpost (claimed by Black);
  4. d5-Outpost (claimed by Black).
Beneath the ChessFlash viewer, you'll find my analysis two positions featured in Point Count Chess:
  1. PCC, p.150, No. 103A, after 20...Rbc8
  2. PCC, p.151, No. 103B, after 32...dxc4
  3. Result of the Battle of Outposts.
  4. PGN

The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2)
My Analysis

Position #1, My Analysis
PCC, p.150, No. 103A, after 20...Rbc8

After: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.f4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Nf3 O-O 11.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 12.Qd2 Nb6 13.Nc3 Rd8 14.Nb5 Bd7 15.Nd6 Rab8 16.Rc1 Qxd2+ 17.Kxd2 Nc8 18.Nb5 a6 19.Nc3 N8e7 20.Bd3 Rbc8

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - Page 150
After: 20...Rbc8

The following analysis looks at the first two of the four Outposts, as both White and Black battle to gain their c-file Outpost, while trying to prevent their opponent from occupying their own Outpost (c5, gained by White; c4, gained by Black) ...

1. White's c5-Outpost vs. 2. Black's c4-Outpost

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 8.cxd4 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 8.cxd4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 8.cxd4
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 8.cxd4

Both White's c5-Outpost and Black's c4-Outpost are gained after both adverse c-Pawns capture across onto the d-file -- Black's c-Pawn strikes first, by capturing White's d4-Pawn (7...c5xd4), with White's c-Pawn completing the Pawn exchange straight after (8.c3xd4).

Although neither are considered "Strong Outpost Stations", at this point, since both adverse b-Pawns can still advance to oust any wannabe occupier (e.g. b2-b3 attacks Black's c4-Outpost; ...b7-b6 attacks White's c5-Outpost), the d4-Pawn does partially secure the c5-Outpost, for White's army, while Black's d5-Pawn does the same, albeit to partially secure the c4-Outpost.

The battle now is to try an occupy the respective Outposts ...

First comes a bit of Simplification -- both sides trade a couple of Pieces (dark-Bishops & Queens) to make it easier to fight to occupy their own c-file Outpost:

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 9...Qb6 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 9...Qb6
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 9...Qb6
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 9...Qb6

The first trade to take place is the two dark-Bishops. Black aggravates the situation, by putting White's exposed Ke1 in "check", which forces White to defend with his own dark-Bishop (8...Bc8-b4+ 9.Bc1-d2).

Note that Black's Queen has moved into position (9...Qd8-b6) to complete the potential trade.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 11...Qxb4+ - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 11...Qxb4+
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 11...Qxb4+
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 11...Qxb4+

White accepts the inevitable exchange of dark-Bishops, by capturing first (11.Bd2xb4), with Black's Queen completing the exchange, which puts White's King back in "check", (11...Qb6xb4+), and teeing-up the second trade (the two Queens) ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 16.Rc1 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 16.Rc1
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 16.Rc1
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 16.Rc1

At first, both sides appear reluctant to be the first to capture the other's Queen. The catalyst seems to be a combination of White's Queenside Knight working its way up onto the d6-Outpost (13.Ne2-c314.Nc3-b515.Nb5-d6), and White's Queenside Rook moving across to sit at the foot of the Open c-file (16.Ra1-c1) ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 17.Kxd2 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 17.Kxd2
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 17.Kxd2
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 17.Kxd2

At that point, Black attacks first, capturing White's Queen (16...Qb4xd2), with White's King completing the trade (17.Ke1xd2).

And then the position is safer to try and land a Piece on their own c-file Outpost. So, we're into a new phase for the Battle of the c-file Outposts -- each is side trying to occupy their Outpost with a Knight, while at the same time trying to prevent their opponent's Knight from occupying their own Outpost.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 19.Nc3 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 19.Nc3
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 19.Nc3
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 19.Nc3

Black chases White's Nd6 off the d6-Outpost (17...Nb6-c8 18.Nd6-c8), and then Black's a-Pawn advances to push White's Knight off the b5-square, making sure it cannot return that way to access the d6-Outpost (18...a7-a6 19.Nb5-c3).

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 21.b3 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 21.b3
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 21.b3
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 21.b3

Black builds up to strengthen his c4-Outpost, by posting his Queenside Rook onto the Open c-file (20...Rb8-c8).

In response, White clamps down on Black's c4-Outpost, by advancing his b-Pawn (21.b2-b3).

H&M-S point out that White doesn't bother to move his Bd3 to safety, as the position in the Center is "Closed", and a Closed Game suits Knights rather than Bishops.

White would happily accept the capture of his light-Bishop, by Black's Nb4 (...Nb4xd3), completing the trade with his King (Kd2xd3), having the two Knights to work the Closed Game situation, versus what would be Black's one Knight (Ne7) and the less-versatile light-Bishop (Bd7).
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 22...Nbc6 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 22...Nbc6
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 22...Nbc6
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 22...Nbc6

That b-Pawn advance leaves White's a-Pawn Backward and vulnerable, which Black targets with his Queenside Knight (21...Nc6-b4), although White deals with that threat by advancing his a-Pawn (22.a2-a3) to attack Black's Knight, which retreats back to c6 (22...Nb4-c6).

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 23.b4 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 23.b4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 23.b4
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 23.b4

Looking at the image set (above), at first, the move to b4 by Black's Knight seems like a waste of time, but after White advances his b-Pawn, again (23.b3-b4), we can see that move has dragged the last Pawn guard away from Black's c4-Outpost, which turns it into a "Strong Outpost Station". Black just has to figure out a way to get a Knight onto the c4-Outpost.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 23.b4 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 23.b4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 23.b4
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 23.b4

From White's perspective, the final positions of his a- & b-Pawns has served to strenthen his c5-Outpost, which now benefits from two Pawns guarding it (b4 & d4). It's futile for Black's a-Pawn to capture White's b4-Pawn, as that would just let White replace it with the a3-Pawn (a3xb4).

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 27.Rhc1 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 27.Rhc1
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 27.Rhc1
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 27.Rhc1

The Battle of the c-file Outposts continues; both sides mobilize their Rooks into Batteries on the c-file (25...Rc8-c7 26.Rc1-c2 Rd8-c8 27.Rh1-c1).

White's Nc3 acts as a roadblock, to keep White's Rooks safe from Black's Battery ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 31.Nc5 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 31.Nc5
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 31.Nc5
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 31.Nc5

Black dare not capture White's Knight with the Rooks, because White would "Win the Exchange" (e.g. after 27...Rc7xc3 28.Rc2xc3 Rc8xc3 29.Rc1xc3, White would be left with the Rc1 on c3, and Black would have lost both Rooks, for the sake of capturing a single Knight).

White uses the safety of his Nc3 to his, by bringing his Kingside Knight across to occupy his c5-Outpost, in successive moves (29.Nf3-d230.Nd2-b331.Nb3-c5).

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 31...Nc4+ - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 31...Nc4+
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 31...Nc4+
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 31...Nc4+

As we see (above), Black does manage to occupy his c4-Outpost, with his Queenside Knight, which puts White's King in "check" (31...Nb6-c4+).

But ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 32...dxc4 - No Highlights
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 32...dxc4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 32...dxc4
1. White's c5-Outpost vs.
2. Black's c4-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 32...dxc4

White's light-Bishop accepts the Minor Piece exchange, taking Black's Knight off the board immediately (32.Bd3xc4), with Black's d-Pawn completing the trade (32...d5xc4).

White has won this Battle of the c-file Outposts, managing to get Black to Plug his Outpost, when the d5-Pawn captured White's Bc4, to complete the aforementioned exchange.

There were other significant Outposts in the game, and these take place after H&M-S's second image (No. 103B), below ...


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Position #2, My Analysis
PCC, p.151, No. 103B, after 32...dxc4

After: 21.b3 Nb4 22.a3 Nbc6 23.b4 h6 24.h4 Nb8 25.Ke3 Rc7 26.Rc2 Rdc8 27.Rhc1 Kf8 28.g4 Be8 29.Nd2 Nd7 30.Nb3 Nb6 31.Nc5 Nc4+ 32.Bxc4 dxc4

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - Page 151
After: 32...dxc4

The following analysis looks at the last two of the four Outposts (d6, gained by White; d5, gained by Black) ...

3. White's d6-Outpost

White's d6-Outpost, a "Strong Outpost", was gained as early as the 5th Move of the game, after the last possible Black Pawn guard -- Black's c-Pawn -- has been advanced out of range (5...c7-c5) ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 5...c5 - No Highlights
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 5...c5
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 5...c5
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 5...c5

In the image set (above), you can see White's d4-Pawn supports the e5-Pawn, in an Advanced Chain, which secures the d6-Outpost for White's army.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 15.Nd6 - No Highlights
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 15.Nd6
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 15.Nd6
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 15.Nd6

As the images (above) show, White does manage to get his Queenside Knight up to occupy the d6-Outpost (3.Nb1-c35.Nc3-e213.Ne2-c314.Nc3-b515.Nb5-d6), before the Battle of the c5-Outpost has been won ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 19.Nc3 - No Highlights
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 17...Nc8 18.Nb5 a6 19.Nc3
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 19.Nc3
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 17...Nc8 18.Nb5 a6 19.Nc3

However, as we've also already seen, that White Knight gets chased off the d6-Outpost, after 17...Nb6-c8 18.Nd6-c8 a7-a6 19.Nb5-c3.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), Before 34.Nd6 - No Highlights
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 32...dxc4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 34.Nd5
3. White's d6-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 33.Ne4 → 34.Nd6

It's not until after White wins the Battle of the c-file Outposts, that White gets to occupy the d6-Outpost, for any significant amount of time. And it's the Kingside Knight that gets the honor.

After having come across from the f3-square, to occupy the c5-Outpost, White is aware that the d6-Outpost is a much better Outpost to occupy, and also that he's only got a limited time to get his Nc5 across to occupy it.

White reacts immediately to the opportunity, taking the night via e4, and onto the d6-Outpost, in successive moves (33.Nc5-e434.Ne4-d6).

From the d6-Outpost, White threatens to "Win the Exchange" (e.g. Nd6xc8, and either Black's Rc7 or Ne7 completes the unequal exchange).

4. Black's d5-Outpost

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 8.cxd4 - No Highlights
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 8.cxd4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 8.cxd4
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 8.cxd4

Black has the "Strong" d5-Outpost as early as the 8th Move of the game, after the last White Pawn guard captures across onto the d-file (8.c3xd4), and out of range to keep any Black Piece from occupying the d5-Outpost in the future.

At present, Black's d-Pawn occupies the d5-Outpost, having moved there after 2...d7-d5.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 34.Nd6 - No Highlights
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 34.Nd6
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 34.Nd6
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 34.Nd6

It's not until after White has won the Battle of the c-file Outposts, and during the point at which White's Knight occupies the d6-Outpost (see images, above), that Black manages to get a Piece to occupy the d5-Outpost, since Black's d-Pawn has vacated the d5-Outpost, to capture White's light-Bishop (32...d5xc4) ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 36...Nd5+ - No Highlights
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 36...Nd5+
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 36...Nd5+
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 36...Nd5+

As White advances toward the position of Black's Castled King, it seems the Black Knight's occupation of the d5-Outpost, with the "check" it puts on White's King (36...Ne7-d5+), is out of desperation, to slow down the growing pressure against Black's Kingside position.

The fate of Black's Nd5 can be seen in the image set, below ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 37.Nxd5 - No Highlights
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 37.Nxd5
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 37.Nxd5
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 37.Nxd5

Black only managed to occupy the d5-Outpost for half a move, before White's Nc3 accepts the opportunity to trade Knights, and captures immediately (37.Nc3xd5).

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 37...exd5 - No Highlights
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 37...exd5
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103B - The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2), After 37...exd5
4. Black's d5-Outpost
The Battle of Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 37...exd5

Black cannot afford to leave both White Knights on the board, so completes the exchange, capturing White's d5-Knight, straight away (37...e6xd5).

Unfortunately, that move also brings an end to Black's d5-Outpost, which is Plugged in the process, as Black's e-Pawn completes that Knight exchange on d5.


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The Result of the Battle of Outposts (2 of 2)...

Result 1. White wins the Battle of the c-file Outposts

First, it was the Battle of the c-file Outposts. This saw the fiercest, or most protracted battle, which White won, occupying his c5-Outpost with a Knight; Black ended up plugging his c4-Outpost with a Pawn. The outcome can be seen in the image set, below ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, Battle of the c-file Outposts, After 32...dxc4 - No Highlights
(RESULT) White's Wins the
Battle of the c-file Outposts,
After: 32...dxc4
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, Battle of the c-file Outposts, After 32...dxc4
(RESULT) White's Wins the
Battle of the c-file Outposts,
After: 32...dxc4

White's Knight, on the c5-Outpost is supported by the Pawns on either adjacent file (b4 & d4). Black's b-Pawn cannot advance to attack White's Nc5, as that would leave Black's a6-Pawn undefended and free for White's Nc5 to capture.

Result 2. White switches focus to his better d6-Outpost

Not long after that mini victory to occupy his c5-Outpost, White switched focus from the c5-Outpost, to the more-advantageous d6-Outpost, choosing to quickly relocate his Nc5, onto the d6-Outpost (Station on the Sixth Rank!) ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White focuses on the better d6-Outpost, After 34.Nd6 - No Highlights
(RESULT) White switches focus
to his better d6-Outpost,
After: 33.N5e4 → 34.Nd6
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White focuses on the better d6-Outpost, After 34.Nd6
(RESULT) White switches focus
to his better d6-Outpost,
After: 33.N5e4 → 34.Nd6

Result 3. White's d6-Outpost outlasts Black's d5-Outpost

Even after Black has Plugged his own d5-Outpost, with the capture of White's Knight (37...e5xd5), White's Advanced Chain (d4,e5) is still solidly helping to secure White's Knight on the "Strong" d6-Outpost ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White's d6-Outpost outlasts Black's d5-Outpost, After 37...exd5 - No Highlights
(RESULT) White's d6-Outpost outlasts Black's d5-Outpost,
After: 37...exd5
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White's d6-Outpost outlasts Black's d5-Outpost, After 37...exd5
(RESULT) White's d6-Outpost outlasts Black's d5-Outpost,
After: 37...exd5

Result 4. White converts his d6-Outpost into a new advantage

Finally, White's efforts to make best use of his two Outposts, pays the real dividend ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White's Wins the Battle of the Outposts (2 of 2), After 43...fxe5+ - No Highlights
(RESULT) White Wins the
Battle of the Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 43...fxe5+
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White's Wins the Battle of the Outposts (2 of 2), After 43...fxe5+
(RESULT) White Wins the
Battle of the Outposts (2 of 2),
After: 43...fxe5+

While his d6-Outpost (Station on the Sixth Rank) is brought to an end, after Black's f-Pawn captures his e5-Pawn off the board (43...f6xe5+), that Outpost has served its purpose, and now White's Re2 gets to convert it into a new advantage ...

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White converts d6-Outpost into Control of a Useful File, After 44.Rxe5 - No Highlights
(RESULT) Converting one advantage into another.
White converts d6-Outpost
into Control of a Useful File,
After: 44.Rxe5
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, White converts d6-Outpost into Control of a Useful File, After 44.Rxe5
(RESULT) Converting one advantage into another.
White converts d6-Outpost
into Control of a Useful File,
After: 44.Rxe5

White's Knight is on the d5-square, which has ceased to be an Outpost (there's nothing guarding it). But, in place of that advantage, White gains the advantage of Control of a Useful File (e-file), after his Re2 captures Black's e5-Pawn (44.Re2xe5).

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 103A to 103B - Result, Battle of Outposts, Black Resigns, After 44.Rxe5 - No Highlights
(RESULT) Black Resigns,
After: 47.Nh7+
And, a few moves later, with his e-file Battery still threatening Black's Compromised King-side position, after White's former d6-Outpost-occupying Knight comes across to "check" Black's King (45.Nd6-f746.Nf7-g547.Ng5-h7+) ...

Black resigned.

Note how White's Re5 has finished the game occupying what is another Outpost, which is a "Strong Outpost Station".

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PGN

[Event "Hamburg"]
[Site "Hamburg"]
[Date "1885.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Siegbert Tarrasch"]
[Black "Josef Noa"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "93"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.f4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Nf3 O-O 11.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 12.Qd2 Nb6 13.Nc3 Rd8 14.Nb5 Bd7 15.Nd6 Rab8 16.Rc1 Qxd2+ 17.Kxd2 Nc8 18.Nb5 a6 19.Nc3 N8e7 20.Bd3 Rbc8 {PCC p.150 No. 103A} 21.b3 Nb4 22.a3 Nbc6 23.b4 h6 24.h4 Nb8 25.Ke3 Rc7 26.Rc2 Rdc8 27.Rhc1 Kf8 28.g4 Be8 29.Nd2 Nd7 30.Nb3 Nb6 31.Nc5 Nc4+ 32.Bxc4 dxc4 {PCC p.151 No. 103B} 33.N5e4 b5 34.Nd6 Rb8 35.f5 Bd7 36.Rf2 Nd5+ 37.Nxd5 exd5 38.g5 h5 39.Rcf1 Kg8 40.g6 f6 41.Re2 Bc6 42.Rfe1 Rd8 43.Kf4 fxe5+ 44.Rxe5 Kf8 45.Nf7 Re8 46.Ng5 Rce7 47.Nh7+ 1-0

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