Color Weakness

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Color weakness denotes a situation in which one of the players does not have sufficient control over the squares of a certain color. This is usually caused by the lack of a bishop of that color, coupled with the unfortunate pawn structure. In such situations, the opponent may use squares of that color to penetrate the opponent's position. Hans Kmoch defines insufficient occupation of the dark respectively light squares by pawns and bishop as black poverty or Melanpenie respectively white poverty or Leukopenie [1].


Typical examples of a color weakness are:

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with Dennis Chambers and Lincoln Goines, The Bottom Line, New York City, February 25, 1990


  1. Hans Kmoch (1959, 1990). Pawn Power in Chess. New York: Dover, 1990. ISBN 0-486-26486-6, Google Books

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