When in doubt, centralize!
Control the critical part of the board, and convert your central control into stunning victories
Learn to love and appreciate the importance of central control, and you are sure to boost your game and pick up some rating points along the way.
IM Andras Toth is a full-time chess coach based in Australia, and he’s had a revelation…
You see, he’s amassed years of experience teaching chess and training a wide range of players. From promising scholastic players to adult improvers.
But despite the diversity of his students, he noticed a troubling trend. A universal flaw among club players, even seasoned experts.
They ignore the center to their disadvantage.
The greatest shortcoming of club players (I would say all the way up to FIDE 2100-2200) is the lack of center-driven decision making. – Andras Toth
When you take this part of the board for granted, you miss opportunities to gain dynamic and positional advantages.
You become passive and concede squares. Until you’re reduced to shuffling along the first three ranks – because the opponent already owns the other five.
Your position loses its fangs, and you lose points.
That’s why IM Toth created this course, Chess Principles Reloaded – Center. To replace the center-deficient thinking (that holds all of us back) with…
Center-driven strategies that bring in the full point!
This course has ۱۶ high-level games played by GM’s, including world champions. All with detailed and enlightening commentary from IM Toth.
From these games, IM Toth carefully culled ۱۲۶ training positions that will help you re-shape the way you approach the center in your games.
And with ۵ hours of video-sync instruction to drive the lessons home, you’ll be ready to put these strategies into action in no time.
Inside, you will learn how to:
🎯 Seize the center with forcing moves, well-timed pawn thrusts, and deliberate maneuvering. See how simple it is to snuff out enemy counter-play; maximize your piece activity; and uncork stunning combinations – when you OWN the center!
🎯 Fortify your central pawns, and use your spatial advantage to roll over your opponents. You’re only a few preparatory moves away from turning those average pawns into an unstoppable phalanx.
🎯 Pick apart your opponent’s center with well-timed jabs. Learn to spot the weakest link in a chain of strong center pawns, and use your wing pawns to re-affirm your control of the middle of the board.
🎯 Strategies for closed pawn structures. Playing on the wings is often the recommendation here. But IM Toth shows you when and where to find the necessary break through moments in the center to keep the initiative or regain it.
🎯 Turn your opponents’ central squares into outposts that allow your pieces to dominate and restrict your opponents’ pieces.
IM Toth’s first Chessable course can give your game a massive boost – regardless of your openings and your playing style.
In the words of Chessable best-selling author and Magnus Carlsen’s second GM Jan Gustafsson: “The Center is there. Fight for it!”