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

Chess Board Zones
[The Flanks]

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The "Flanks" are the outer trio of Files on both the Kingside and Queenside of the Board, respectively.

On the Queenside, the three Flanks include all the squares up the:
  • a-file (a1-a8);
  • b-file (b1-b8);
  • c-file (c1-c8).
On the Kingside, the three Flanks include all the squares up the:
  • f-file (f1-f8);
  • g-file (g1-g8);
  • h-file (h1-h8).

Some players will begin a game by trying to control the Center from the Flanks; allowing their opponent to attempt direct control of the Center.

If your opponent grabs a controlling advantage in the Center, it may be that you're forced to play along the Flanks ...

Your Development will be compromised; it'll take an extra move or two to get into a striking position, by which time your opponent can reinforce his defenses.

Playing on the Flanks isn't all worthless, mind ...

There will come a point when it's possible to attack your opponent from the Flanks, such as with a Rook, supported by your Queen.

Anyway, that's enough for now -- there'll be plenty of time to learn different Tactics and Strategies, as you build on your learning, from our Beginner's Chess Guide.

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