Weak-Square Complex:
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Weak-Square Complex
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Weak-Square Complex

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 93A to 93C - Page 133-134 PCC, Weak-Square Complex. Ex. #1
The Weak-Square Complex (1 of 2)

(p133-134) Diagram NO.93A to NO.93C
Teichmann v. Allies, 1902
The Weak-Square Complex (1 of 2)

In this example, White forces Black to leave two sets of Weak-Square Complexes (clusters of same-colored Holes), to target Black's King, in his Stronghold on the Kingside.

The first cluster of Holes (a "Dark" Complex of Weak-Squares) is forced to occur primarily in the Center of the board, which White occupies with Queen and Knight, respectively.

The second cluster of Holes (a "Light" Complex of Weak-Squares) is forced to occur within the Black King's Stronghold, just in front of Black's King. White aims to exploit this with his King, which will be brought up to support White's intended Mating attack.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 94A to 94B - Page 134-135 PCC, Weak-Square Complex. Ex. #1
The Weak-Square Complex (2 of 2)

(p134-135) Diagram NO. 94A to NO. 94B
Capablanca v. Mieses, 1928
The Weak-Square Complex (2 of 2)

In this example, Black incurs a "Dark" Complex of Weak-Squares (Holes), on the Queenside, from the Queen's Gambit (Declined).

White applies pressure against Black's Queenside weak spot, trading material to reduce Black's ability to defend this weak side of his.

White then break through Black's Queenside Pawn structure, to cause new structural weaknesses in Black's position (Doubled Pawns and Isolated Pawn structures), while appearing to be shaping up to force through a Passed Pawn, on the decimated Queenside.

While building up his offensive on the Queenside, over on the Kingside, White's King and Pawns are pushed forward to meet any potential threat from Black's Kingside force (King, 3x Pawns, 1x Rook).

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • The Weak-Square Complex, (p132)


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