What are the consequences of neglecting the centre in chess?


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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.
chess 1.e4Today, 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:

[youtube_sc url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzlyRYVgOJU”]

Now, let’s summarise what you will have learnt from this lesson:

 

Key points

 

  • 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

 

Author information

IM Boroljub Zlatanovic 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.

 

P.S. Did you like Boroljub’s lessons? What are your views on the importance of centre control? Feel free to discuss these below. 🙂

 

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  1. dear igor the lesson is just fantastic.how much it cost for private training from mr zlatanovic thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ayush,
      Igor has a busy schedule. I am not sure about the cost about Zlatanovic’s private coaching. But private coaching from titled player will likely be costly.

      Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

      1. thanks sir for your time but how much in indian rupess can there be any concession or discount for mei.??from mr zlatonivic’s??

          1. dear sir i had contacted mr zlatanovic and he said that he cost 20 euros for 2 hrs and it is too much for mei he said that if i pay 3600euros in advance he would work 180 hrs for mei in a year.this is too much fees igor what should i do??

          2. HI Ayush,
            Igor has a busy schedule.
            Normally, titled players charge this amount. It is costly to have private coaching from them.
            That is why we have lot of free resources and comprehensive courses.

            Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  2. Hi Ayush,
    Igor has a busy schedule. I am not sure about the cost about Zlatanovic’s private coaching. But private coaching from titled player will likely be costly.

    Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  3. thanks sir for your time but how much in indian rupess can there be any concession or discount for mei.??from mr zlatonivic’s??

  4. dear sir i had contacted mr zlatanovic and he said that he cost 20 euros for 2 hrs and it is too much for mei he said that if i pay 3600euros in advance he would work 180 hrs for mei in a year.this is too much fees igor what should i do??

  5. HI Ayush,
    Igor has a busy schedule.
    Normally, titled players charge this amount. It is costly to have private coaching from them.
    That is why we have lot of free resources and comprehensive courses.

    Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

    1. hmmm. i understand it well thankyou but sir when we reach master level chess gets complicated and hard to understand and private coach is needed for help physologically.and for understanding the position as well therefore i request please suggest mei any coach from icc which you like.??

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