Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. d4/2...exd4/3. Qxd4

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Center Game
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)

rnbqkbnr/pppp1ppp/8/8/3QP3/8/PPP2PPP/RNB1KBNR

Center Game[edit | edit source]

In the Center Game, White is happy with himself for knocking out Black's only foothold in the center square, e5. At the time, all four central squares are controlled by White. This may seem like a huge advantage for White, but if Black simply plays Nc6, the queen is forced to move.

Usually, Black responds to the center game by playing 3...Nc6, forcing White's queen to leave its central outpost.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4

3 4 5 6
Qxd4
Nc6
Qe3
Nf6
Nc3
Bb4
Bd2
O-O
=
...
Nf6
=

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.