Strong Outpost Station:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 3: Studying the Pieces)

Strong Outpost Station
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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 12. The Outpost Station (p137-152)

Point Count Chess, Examples:
  • Station in Front of an Isolani
  • The Fourth-Rank Outpost
  • The Fourth-Rank Outpost
  • The Station at K5
  • The Station at Q5
  • Stations on the Sixth Rank
  • Plugging the Outpost Station
  • The Battle of Outposts
  • When a Pawn occupying the
    Station is more menacing
  • Premature occupation of an
    Outpost Station

An Outpost Station is usually a square between the 4th and 6th Ranks (under the Descriptive Notation system), which, under the Algebraic Notation system, is either Ranks 4 to 6 for White's army (Diagram 1a), or Ranks 3 to 5 for Black's (Diagram 1b).

Station, Image 1a, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 1a: White's Outpost Zone
Outpost Station, Image 1b, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 1b: Black's Outpost Zone
The Outpost is guarded, typically, by a Pawn (although it can be another Piece), which enables a Piece (e.g. Knight) to sit on the Outpost, in relative safety. Note that the guard doesn't need to be in the Outpost Zone for it to aid the Knight on a square in the Outpost Zone (Diagram 2).

Outpost Station, Image 2, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 2: Pawn as Outpost Guard
While any of the Pieces could be placed onto the Outpost square, for now, think of an Outpost as a Knight defended by a Pawn (Diagram 3).
Outpost Station, Image 3, Advanced Beginners Chess Guide
Diagram 3: Classic Outpost Station
Remember the "Keep It Simple!" rule of thumb when try to learn something (which applies equally to teaching) ... Keep It Simple! ... Yes, a Rook or Bishop could be Outposted there (d5, in this example), but those are usually toward the end of the middle game or in the endgame (often after exchanges and simplification of the position), not in the opening or early to mid middlegame.

Moving On: What does a Strong Outpost Station look like? (Page 2).

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