The 6 Elements of Chess pt3

  • NM cldng
  • | Jan 21, 2008

The Six Elements of Chess Part 3

               By N.M. Steven Colding

           Exploiting a Space Advantage

                             Part 1


    It is one thing to recognise one has a space advantage but what do we do once we have it? When we see that are pieces can act more freely than our opponents pieces we can attribute this to a space advantage. So what if our piece can move more freely ,where do we attack? Of course, it depends on the position. Let us use the next diagram as an example.


      This is the same game we were using from the previous article. In it White has an undeniable space advantage. Now it is Black's move but where should White attack? His choices are the Kingside, the Queenside or the Center. Where should White attack?

     The answer is that White should attack where Black has a weakness! Wait a minute what is a weakness? Where do weaknesses come from? Well weaknesses come from pushed Pawns! Whenever you push a Pawn (with the exception of the center Pawns) you create a weakness.

     OK, well when a Pawn advances where is the weakness located? The weakness can be in the back, in the front, but most likely on the side of the Pawn. Let's look at the following diagram.


     Black has just played the move a5. The weakness he has created is at b5 the adjacent square. Why is this square a weakness? It is a weakness because it allows a White piece into that square without the ability to chase it away with a Pawn. When a square cannot be protected by a Pawn that square is said to be a hole.

     Rule: Stick your pieces in the holes.

   When a piece in in a hole and you protect that piece with a pawn it now becomes an outpost because it becomes very difficult to expel that piece from your position.


                      1) Wait for the weakness.

                      2) Weaknesses come from pushed Pawns.

                      3) The weakness that comes from a pushed Pawn can be in front,

                          in back, or most likely on the side of a Pawn

                     4) When a square cannot be protected by a Pawn the square

                         becomes a hole.

                     5) Stick your pieces in the holes.

                     6) When a piece in a hole is protected by a PAwn it then becomes

                        an outpost.

     Next time : Exploiting a space advantage Part 2 



  • 7 years ago


    Steve, this is gold for my chess club at school.  You are a blessing for us.

  • 7 years ago


    Watch for weaknesses and exploit them...Got it!

  • 8 years ago


    good advice. just starting out with strategy. i mainly use tactical devices, but the subtle nuances of strategic play have me mystified.
  • 8 years ago


    ok1 nice suggestion

  • 8 years ago


    Thank you for your time and dedication to help players like myself! Laughing
  • 8 years ago

    NM cldng

    To b-sheers, Wow your making me blush. My mind say don't but my ego says keep em coming! With readers like you I will be writinf forever. Thank you so much. Steve
  • 8 years ago


    Hey Steve!  Thank you so much for your articles.  I just joined and I am in heaven.  I wanted to learn and your articles are just what I was looking for.  You are awsome! 
  • 8 years ago


    Eureka, these articles are all so just change the 2 to the 3 or whichever article you want! Yippee!
  • 8 years ago


    Very useful information. Am using it in my next game.

  • 8 years ago


    Very usefull, Thanks
  • 8 years ago


    Nice Information..Thanks for that..
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