Hanging Piece

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A hanging piece is an attacked piece not defended by own man exposed to capture. While hanging is often used synonymously with being en prise, the latter actually requires not necessary undefended, but also defended insufficiently. To avoid confusion with hanging pawns, which refer a duo of open and half-isolated pawns, undefended or loose pawns are therefor not called hanging. Loose pieces and undefended pawns, even if actually not attacked and en prise, may be considered in evaluation, specially if there are more than one or even two per side, and the opponent has forces and possibilities for double attacks and knight forks. Game phase, an exposed king and the presence of the opponent queen can be considered as well in that evaluation term.

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