Offside Pawn Majority:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)
After 1.c4, if Black goes with either 1...axb3, or 1...bxc4, one of White's Pawns will become a Passed Pawn, as you can see by playing through the following two sequences:
White has the Offside Majority on the Queenside, versus Black's Minority Pawn group, in the shape of the a- and d-file pawns.
As you play through the sequence, below, you can see that White's Majority Pawns become immobilized, as not one of them can advance beyond their own 4th Rank, let alone hope to create a Passed Pawn. Play through the following sequence, to see how it happens ...
As a rule of thumb: the Offside Pawn Majority has the advantage if it can be mobilized in such a way that one or more pawns can break through to create a Passed Pawn; whereas, the Minority Attack has the advantage if it can immobilize the adverse pawns, preventing any advance or successful creation of a Passed Pawn.
Moving On: PCC Examples, Offside Pawn Majority (Page 3).
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