GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
(KW, July 7th) While GW's analysis is good, I would like to look at things a little differently as we begin this game.
We have had our head down making our first 4 automatic moves, and now it is time to look up and see where we are. First, let's look at our current position as it relates to Control of the Center at the start of the game so we can compare later and see changes (Diagram 4-1a):
Right now, neither side has an advantage in the Center (each side controls 2 squares), but Black has a better grip on the squares he controls.
Black would love to get a Knight to c4 (probably Nb8-d7-b6-c4). The Barcza, as I said in the last game, is a hypermodern opening, meaning it seeks to Control the Center later in the game, and influence it now from a distance.
From the Barcza, there are 5 main ways to continue, each involving a pawn move in the next couple of moves:
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