An outpost is a square on the fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh rank which is protected by a pawn and which cannot be attacked by an opponent's pawn. Outposts are a favourable position from which to launch an attack, particularly using a Knight... On the other hand, Nimzowitsch argued when the outpost is in one of the flank (a, b, g and h) files the ideal piece to make use of the outpost is a Rook. This is because the Rook can put pressure on all the squares along the rank.

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