Introduction to weak squares
Weak squares are the squares that can no longer be defended by a pawn, and can be attacked by the opponent’s pieces. Generally, these squares become great outposts, and can dictate the result of the game.
A square is weak when it is controlled have little or no chance of regaining control due to a lack of pieces which can effectively fight for that square. Pawns that could have controlled the square have moved past it and, of course, cannot move backwards to help guard it.
How weak squares being created
Every pawn move has an drawback as adjacent squares will be weakening. The pawns are the all piece in Chess which cannot move backward, Therefore when a weak square is created it cannot be rectified, so you have to be very careful when you make a pawn move.
By pushing the pawns, weak squares are inevitably being created in our position. It is very important to know how to correctly use and even create them in your opponent’s camp in order to win the game.
To make it clearer, let’s take a look at a few examples:
How to play against weak squares
In this game white is slightly better thanks to his more active pieces. A careful look also reveals that Black’s queenside is somewhat exposed on the dark squares.
Despite a minimal material deficit Black has a comfortable game. His minor pieces are well placed and after a move like Qe5 or even g5!?, gaining some space, it will not be easy for White to progress.
How to play with weak squares
Identifying and utilizing weak squares in your opponent’s position and safeguarding the weak squares and potential outposts in your own is crucial for winning in chess.
An earlier f2-f4 advance cleared the file for White and activated his dark squared bishop, but also yielded Black a protected square on e5. An interesting battle is to be expected
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