The centre is the most important part of the chessboard, as pieces from the centre can easily move to either flank at great speed. One of the most important chess strategies involves activity of the pieces in the centre.
This highlights the necessity of having good control over centre by playing the pawn moves 1.e4 or 1.d4 at the beginning. Controlling the centre is considered a positional advantage – it helps you gain the initiative and develop active pieces.
Today, IM Boroljub Zlatanovic has prepared a video lesson for you. He will teach you with an illustrative example – a game played between Akiba Rubinstein and Carl Schlechterin the year 1912.
In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of the centre and the consequences of neglecting centre control in the opening stage and the middlegame.
You can watch the video lesson below:
Now, let’s summarise what you will have learnt from this lesson:
- Importance of centre control
- Playing with the initiative
- Converting positional advantage into material advantage
- Advantage of connected pawns (pawn storm)
- Consequences of neglecting the centre
- and lots more
IM Boroljub Zlatanovic
Boroljub Zlatanovic is a Serbian International Master and professional chess trainer. He became a FIDE Master, and in 1995 was Youth Champion of Serbia and a member of the national youth team. He was a two-time champion of the University of Belgrade and won 10 Serbian Open Chess Tournaments.
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