Offside Pawn Majority:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)

Offside Pawn Majority
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About This Article...

Advanced Beginners Chess Teaser pccThis article includes my notes, additional images and interactive chess positions from my study of Horowitz & Mott-Smith's book, Point Count Chess.

Point Count Chess,
Chapter 22. King Position and Offside Majority (p255-266)

Point Count Chess, Examples:
  • The Minority Attack
  • The Offside Majority
  • The Four-to-Three Wing
  • Gaining the Offside Majority
  • Offside Majority v. Minority Attack

The term "Offside," here, refers to being the opposite side of the board to where the adverse Kings are positioned.

An Offside Pawn Majority is a Pawn Majority on the opposite side of the board (to where the adverse King is positioned), as seen in Diagram 1, below, where the occurrence happens on the Queenside of the board.

Offside Pawn Majority, Image 1, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 1: White has the Offside Pawn Majority,
on the Queenside of the board.
When analyzing this element, it only scores a plus point if it is not subject to an Immobilizing Minority Attack. In Diagram 2, below, we see Black's Minority on the attacking White's Offside Majority ...
Offside Pawn Majority, Image 2, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 2: White's Offside Pawn Majority,
subject to a Minority Attack, but NOT
an Immobilizing Minority Attack.
However, in this situation, one of White's three Pawns can emerge from the attack to become a Passed Pawn. Therefore, the Minority Attack doesn't immobilize all of White's Pawn Majority.

Moving On: Continues... (Page 2).

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