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

Studying the Pawns
Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
[2. The Open Center]


Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
2. The Open Center
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Kotov's Five Pawn Centers, 2. Open Center.This image shows the Center in its Open state due to the absence of either White or Black Pawns in the Center.

Kotov says: "There are no pawns in the centre and the lines and diagonals are free for the play of the pieces."

What to do with an Open Center position...
  • Pieces become even stronger when there are no Pawns in the center.

  • Activate and coordinate your army and focus on creating weaknesses in the enemy's Pawn structure on either Kingside or Queenside Flank.

  • Look to mobilize your Rooks, with the goal of getting a Rook onto the 7th Rank, where they can do significant damage to the enemy's defences.

Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
2. The Open Center
- Example: Opening the Center -

Reference: Chess Training for Budding Champions, p49

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