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I've wondered the same thing, and agree with you that there could be some value in classifying board states this way. Combined with a roster of the remaining pieces on the board (regardless of their positions) the pawn structure specifies a unique board state that, once transitioned out of, can never be reached again in the same game. They form a partial ...


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I think the (already good) answer left out a very concrete important point. White has a scary lead in development. Standard plan: rip open a few lines and massacre the king who is a sitting duck in the center. Of course Black has a plan too: run for the hills. Castle short: only possible after e6, but the kingside looks like Swiss cheese. Or d5, which is the ...


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