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)


Center Game[edit]

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]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4

3 4 5 6

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