Alexander Kotov's Five Pawn Centers, 1. The Closed Center:
Part of the Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)

Studying the Pawns
Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
[1. The Closed Center]


Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
1. The Closed Center
- Overview -

Kotov's Five Pawn Centers, 1. Closed Center.This image shows the Center that is Closed due
to the interlocking pawn formation.

White's Pawns have achieved an Advanced Salient formation, while Black's Pawns are inverted, in a Reverse Salient, and the two adverse formations combine, closing the Center.

Kotov says: "Each player's pawns are locked with the other's, thus blocking the lines for Bishops and Rooks."

What to do with a Closed Center position...
  • With the Center closed by the wedge of Pawns, breakthroughs usually occur on the flanks.

  • Players usually develop on opposite Flanks - their aim is to be the first to breakthrough.

  • If an attack happens on the Flank, the best tactic is to counterattack in the Center.

  • In some situations, you might be able to Sacrifice a Piece in order to demolish the blockage in the center.

Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
1. The Closed Center
- Example: From Creation to Demolition -

Reference: Chess Training for Budding Champions, p45

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