Friday, November 02, 2007

When every bean counts (part III)

continued from part I and part II. . .

To illustrate the beancounting method working on multiple squares I designed the following position:

White to move.

c5 and g5 are two black pieces under attack. Beancounting shows that both pawns are well protected. 1.Ne4 is a duplo-attack which adds an attacker to both c5 and g5, winning one of them. A move that can be evaluated without a single visualisation of move in the mind. Thus keeping the short term memory free for other things.

The two theatres of war c5 and g5 can be evaluated seperately. The bean counting of c5 doesn't interfere with the beancounting on g5. Let's see what happens if the two theatres do interfere:

White to move.

It is still possible to treat the two theatres c5 and e5 separately. The black knight on d7 counts as one defender of c5 and separately as one defender of e5. The duplo-attack with 1.Nd3 will yield white a pawn. This is all very plain and simple. Now let's see if we can complicate matters a little more by introducing chaining. When the takebacks form a chain in space over the board.

Thinking about it, the subject is complicated enough to deserve a separate post.

to be continued. . .


  1. I'm on a trip in San Diego now. Still watching these posts. When I find time I will have to sort through all this stuff!

  2. Don't wait too long or you will have trouble to catch up:)