The First Move Advantage is Double-edged

The First Move Advantage is Double-edged

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Jun 2, 2017, 7:31 AM |
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Have you ever noticed that even though there is a first move advantage for White, the quickest checkmate on the board happens *to* White. Of course, White must fatally weaken his position for this to happen, but doesn't every move -- especially a pawn move -- actually weaken some squares even as other squares are strengthened?
 In the initial position, f2 and f7 are the weakest squares on the board as they are protected only by the respective king, but it takes two White moves from the onset to even *threaten* any enemy square -- let alone the weakest of them. It actually requires three moves to deliver a White version of the "Fool's Mate," while Black only needs two.
Why?
Because not only does White have the opportunity to call the shots from the begining... he also has the ability to shoot himself in the foot more quickly.

This shows why "King Safety" is the primary consideration when evaluating any chess position.

Photo by Levente Fulop from Brno, Czech Republic - The King's Game, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10279462