Keeping Your Opponent Helpless
Seirawan Strategy Example #4

Winning Chess Strategies, Diagram 16, p41

A recurring theme among these five examples is: "taking care to deploy your troops across the board, so you avoid creating for your opponent opportunities for counterplay, as that might result in them becoming the superior side!".

Remember, when you have the advantage, be it a Material Advantage and/or the benefit of Superior Development, the idea is to "keep your opponent helpless" by not giving them any means of counterplay.

So, first of all, we need to determine who has the Superior position ...

In Example #4, Material is EVEN (there isn't any Material Advantage for either side to gloat about), so we have to turn to Superior Development and, on balance, Black is arguably in a stronger position than White, and as a result, it is Black who has to keep White's army helpless...

Black is the one who, in Seirawan's words, is "the superior side" that has to "tread carefully to avoid giving the opponent (White) any counterplay."

To determine which is the Superior Side, by assessing "Quality of Development", see the ANALYSIS, beneath the ChessFlash player.

Now, we see what happened in the example game ...

Determining Which Is The Superior Side
by assessing "Quality of Development"

To determine whose side is superior, you need to look at the position and weigh up a number of qualitative factors:

So, let's assess Example #4, from the starting position, before 1...h5:

On balance, before 1...h5 has been played, Black is the Superior Side.

Black is arguably in a stronger position than White, and as a result, it is Black who has to keep White's army helpless...

Black is the one who, in Seirawan's words, is "the superior side" that has to "tread carefully to avoid giving the opponent (White) any counterplay."

PGN

[Event "?"]
[Site "Vinkovci"]
[Date "1968.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Matulovic"]
[Black "Fischer"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "2r4r/4kppp/bq1p1n2/p3p3/Pp2P3/6PP/1PPQNPB1/R2R2K1 b - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "11"]

1...h5 2.b3 Bxe2 3.Qxe2 Rc3 4.Rd3 Rhc8 5.Rxc3 Rxc3 6.Kh2 Qc5 *

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