Alexander Kotov's Five Pawn Centers, 3. The Fixed Center:
Part of the Chess Strategies Guide (Section 2: Studying the Pawns)

Studying the Pawns
Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
[3. The Fixed Center]


Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
3. The Fixed Center
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Kotov's Five Pawn Centers, 3. Fixed Center.This image shows the Center that is Fixed, since both adverse Pawns are Isolated, typically on the
d-file, as we see here, and neither can be supported by another Pawn, to help clear the enemy Pawn halting their progress.

Kotov says: "The position of the pawns in the centre is in one way or another fixed and it is not easy to alter their position."

What to do with a Fixed Center position...
  • Focus on Controlling the Center, reinforcing it with Pieces.

  • With the Center under control, target the weaknesses in the enemy's position.

  • As the gaps appear in the enemy's position (because you've been capturing their Pawns/Pieces), either send you Pieces into their camp, or begin an attack on the Flank (whichever looks more profitable).

Kotov's Five Pawn Centers
3. The Fixed Center
- Example: How They Become Fixed ... Then Freed -

Reference: Chess Training for Budding Champions, p52

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