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

Game 2, with KW's additional Comments, Attempting to Help GW Understand Control of the Center
[June 6th 2011]

11. g4
With the center under Black's control, White tries desperately to find counterplay on the Kingside, and at the same time pushing back the light Bishop. However, by this move he has created a 2nd Weak Square Complex on his flank at g4 and h3, which Black will use to penetrate the Kingside.

11. ... Bg6 12. Qe2
Removing the Queen from the back rank to prepare Queenside castling, and going to the only safe square. This move also strengthens White's control of squares on the c6-f1 diagonal.

12. ... a6
When you are taking advantage of a Weak Square Complex, limit the scope of the opponent's pieces. By this move, White has no safe move with the good Bishop.

(GW, June 5th) Yeah, I liked this move and the reasoning behind it. White may have the two Bishops (1 point), but they're technically impotent. You could argue White's light Bishop could capture Black's e4 Knight, but it probably wouldn't for the same reasons as it didn't capture the Knight on White's 11th move, right?

Ken's Comments ...

(KW, June 6th) Right. Sometimes "quiet" moves are the way to go, if they can increase your control. Here, White's Flexibility is reduced, and every square the Bishop moves is Vulnerable, like in the 38A diagram. In effect, White has 2 Bad Bishops, the result of 2 Weak Square Complexes. The Cramped Position is now a stranglehold around the neck.

(GW, June 5th) The Center begins to dissolve from here on. For now, I just want to focus on understanding the difference between Center Domination and Control of the Center, as well as how to go about developing for Control of the Center.

But, once understood, we can re-use these games (and others that may be created) for other lessons.

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