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Questions tagged [center]

The center of the chess board consists of the four central squares (e4, d4, e5 and d5).

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What is a good plan for Black when White surrenders the center?

rnbq1rk1/ppp1ppbp/5np1/2Pp4/3P4/2N1PN2/PP3PPP/R1BQKB1R b KQ - 0 6 In the above position, White has ineffectively surrendered control of the d5 square with 1. c5?. All of his pieces are not developed ...
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Can white do better versus the Sicilian Defense by avoiding an early d4?

Given that 1.d4 is said to produce better results than 1.e4 and about half of all 1.e4 games involve the Sicilian Defense, could a simple idea like avoiding trading the d pawn for black's c pawn in ...
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Successful attacks against the king without control of the center

Capablanca states that "control of the center is an essential condition for a successful attack against the king." Control of the center doesn't mean we need dictatorship over all four central ...
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How to avoid an overly cluttered board in the opening?

As a beginner playing against other beginners, I find that around moves 8-10 the centre of the board gets quite cluttered. I have a hard time finding good places to put my pieces and improve my ...
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Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession?

Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession? I mean, pushing e4-e5 when there are Black Pawns on d5 (and e6), or pushing d4-d5 when there are Pawns on e5 (and d6), is often ...
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Dealing with flexible opening positions

For some reason I feel uncomfortable in positions where the opponent has not committed any of his pawns in the center and was wondering why is that? I guess it feels like I'm not sure how to carry on ...
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Is 1.e4 the best first move for White from a theoretical point of view?

Assuming that the principles of classical chess in the opening are still valid (which thing I very much believe), may we say that "from a theoretical point of view" 1.e4 is the best first move for ...
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Beginners question: Controlling the center

As a beginner I've been studying openings for center control. I am having a hard time finding the next lessons and steps when I actually have the upper hand in the center. Now I realise I don't ...
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Closed Sicilian Problem if Black Fianchettoes His Light-Squared Bishop

Help! Please. After Bb7, I often play f4, followed by g4-g5 and h5. But the Bishop at b7 always gives me problems because it seems that my position after playing f4 will be too open after Black ...
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Controlling the center versus occupying the center - What is the difference?

I would like to know if there are any general guidelines which help determine, at what moment to occupy a center square or to just control it? Are there any books or articles that anyone know of which ...
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Is it important to have pawns at the centre of the board?

Is there any strategic importance in having pawns at the centre of the board? Please provide a detailed explanation.
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Strategy in “double-isolated” Queen-pawn positions?

What should the plan be for both sides in the Double Isolated Queen Pawn formation, such as the one arising from: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.exd5 exd5 6.cxd5 cxd5 E.G. - ...
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Pawns in the center: strength or weakness?

In most openings, pawns typically end up at some of the centre squares. There is really no other way to open up the long diagonals(c1-h6,a6-f1) for the bishops. However, how desirable is this? ...
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openings for white which don't involve a central pawn push

It appears that black has more choices with regard to openings rather than white. While white would typically start with either e4 or d4, or sometimes c4, black has numerous choices for each of these ...
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I don't understand the central-control difference between 1. e4 and 1. e3

The books/articles tell me that the center is d4, d5, e4, and e5. 1. e4 controls d5, but 1. e3 controls d4. Both control one square in the center, no? Yet 1. e4 is apparently a vast improvement ...
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Push e and d pawns in semi open openings

I recently met the French defence as white which turned into the advanced version. In short, I got crushed in a humiliating way, kicked while lying and spat on. So now I am reforming and ...
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It is important to play e4 or d4 to 'control the center'. Myth or reality?

Well, there are two premises in the question itself: 1) That e4 or d4 'controls the center'. 2) That 'Controlling the center'is something important. It appears to me that 'controlling the center' is ...
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Existence Flanking against Center Control

as I learnt at School of Chess, there are 7 different school with unique 'accentuation', Philidor, believed that maintaining the mobility of pawns was the most important strategic factor of chess ...
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What is the theory behind center control?

Center control is an important aspect of playing chess, most openings are built around controlling the center, but why? Is center control really that important for winning a game?