Chess Board Zones: Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1)

Chess Board Zones
[Center v. Expanded Center]


Chess Board Zones
- Center / Small Center -

Chess Board Zones - Center / Small Center - Animated Chess Board Zones
Center / Small Center
The "Center", also known as the "Small-Center", of the Board is the region that includes the squares:
  • d4-d5-e5-e4
Controlling the Small Center, with a small section of your army, is a key objective during the Opening and Middlegame phases.

The player who loses control of the Center must WORK-AROUND the opposing army ...

Without the advantage of holding the Center, it'll take more time to get your personnel into good positions, from which to strike and quickly retreat to safety.

This is partly why, in modern-day Chess matches, you'll see both players going all-out to grab territory in the Center.

Occupying the Center is crucial, as your long-range weapons - the Rooks, Bishops and Queen - will be able to take advantage of their attacking abilities ...

Those aforementioned pieces, with greater freedom across the Center, can make lightning assaults into enemy territory, capturing pieces almost at will, before dashing back into the safer regions of their own Half.

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Chess Board Zones
- Expanded Center -

Chess Board Zones - Expanded Center - Animated Chess Board Zones
Expanded Center
The "Expanded Center" of the Board is the region within and including the squares:
  • c3-c6-f6-f3
It's where the main action takes place, as both armies develop, during the Opening phase, with the sole aim of controlling the four squares of the Center (Small-Center).

The player who gains the greater control of the Center has a better chance of winning ...

So, your objective in developing your army is to position Pieces (and maybe Pawns) in the Expanded Center, to help strengthen your army's position in the Small Center!

One might think of it a bit like a dartboard, with the Small Center being the 'bullseye', which gets the biggest advantage, and the Expanded Center being the 'bull' (the slightly larger ring in the center of the dartboard).

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