Don’t Throw Away Your Invested Chess Capital!

Don’t Throw Away Your Invested Chess Capital!

Dec 6, 2014, 8:00 AM |

What Makes Chess Masters Masters

Indeed, very little, in stark contrast with its supreme importance for playing good chess, can be found on the Center of Gravity concept in all chess literature (here are Part1 and Part2).

It is not an easy concept though. After all, it is what makes chess Masters Masters – recognizing and focusing on the most pressing priorities of a situation, which is actually the secret of their success (in fact, this is true for all fields of human endeavor!).


Les Pensuers/Thinkers, art Betty Ollier-Lopez, Clermont-Ferrand, France


CoG is a big idea, nevertheless, we should introduce big chess ideas that convey the core concepts and skills early in the learning process (like in math, or science, and at a suitable level for the learner as they progress, of course).

The point is, the brain becomes familiar with the idea and, after reinforcing it for a period of time, it learns to look for CoG so effortlessly, without being conscious of it.

Working on your tactics or endgame is fine, but remember, the difference between winners in life and others is usually not knowledge, it is how brain executive functions control and manage your cognitive processes, how thought and action are activated while confronted with real-life situations 24/7 — including that difficult position on the board being played right now — you are making continuous decisions.

Again, the CoG provides strength to your position; it is the source of power from which your chessmen continually draw fresh energy; it is the center that your pieces and their assigned roles should revolve around; the CoG gives cohesion to the coordinated effort of pieces (“the main chess principle throughout,” Capablanca).

In this Part 3 on Center of Gravity, I would like to share with you the CoG principles IM Vuković came up with in his Introduction to Chess (Zagreb, 1947).

IM Vladimir Vuković (1898-1975) was a Croatian chess writer, theoretician and journalist. He authored The Art of Attack in Chess (1965), one of the finest chess books ever written on tactics and, in particular, attack on the king.

You have studied Steinitzian themes of positional play. Now what?

What would be your first step in the 'Positional Chess in Action' department?

Well, sharpening a powerful skill that helps you become successful not only in chess!

Read more about Vukovic's CoG principles with examples...