GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #7:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

Game 2, with GW's Comments, Attempting to Understand
Control of the Center
[June 5th 2011]


3. f4

White decides on the Stonewall Attack. The Stonewall can be a powerful attack; however, it creates a Weak Square Complex - White has 5 pawns on dark squares, and 3 of which have advanced in the Center. On e4, White no longer has a pawn that can defend it.

Graham's Comments ...

(GW, June 5th) When creating a Pawn Chain, you're deliberately pushing a certain amount of your pawns onto the same colored squares. But, for the most part, Pawn Chains are seen as a relatively strong Pawn Structure; I've not yet heard of a Weak Square Complex being referred to in the same breath as Pawn Chains. So, is there certain ratio or arrangement when Pawns are advanced into a "Weak Square Complex"?

Secondly, I thought "Weak Square Complex" only existed when the Pawns have advanced onto the same color square and the Bishop operating on that color of squares had disappeared from the board. Or, as H&M-S put it: "The Weak-Square Complex: A whole series of squares of one color may become holes through the disappearance of the bishop tied to squares of that color."

Graham's Comments ...

(GW, June 5th) I suppose you could argue, the Pawns that advance, creating the series of Holes (e.g. the light squares, as when White - fatjonny - played 1. d4, 2. e3, 3. f4) develop the "Weak Squares" and the potential for the Weak Square Complex, but that only becomes a reality if/when the Bishop of that color (the dark Bishop, in fatjonny's case) gets captured (30. ... Rxb2)?


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