GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

KW explains How To Develop a Plan,
for Control of the Center
[July 7th 2011]

(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):

GW-KW v. Fritz 12 - How to Develop a Plan, Diagram 4-1a
Diagram 4-1a
After 4. O-O e6
Key squares controlled by each side.
  • The Blue center squares are controlled by Black. c4 is controlled by the b5-pawn; d5 is controlled by Bb7, e6, Nf6; e4 is controlled by Bb7, Nf6.

  • The Green center squares are controlled by White. Nf3 controls d4 and e5.

  • The Yellow arrows are Black's moves that either affect the Center, or our next move.

  • The RED arrows are moves of the White Knight.

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:

  • 5. d4,
    A Queen's Pawn opening, similar to our last game against Fritz;

  • 5. c4,
    The Reti Opening, usually starting 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 or 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. b4 or 1. Nf3 f5 (a Dutch defense);

  • 5. b3,
    The Nimzo-Larsen Attack, recommended by GW.

  • 5. a4,
    Attacking the b5-Pawn, similar to recommendation by Crafty after last game.

  • 5. e4,
    A King's Indian Attack, from our current position, we would add d3, Nbd2, with a possible Re1 before or after e4.

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