Mastery: Strategy

Play in the Center

Play in the Center

Join GM Dejan Bojkov as he discusses the strategies of playing with and against strong center pawns. He demonstrates the games of strong Grandmasters like Vladimir Kramnik, Giorgi Margvelashvili and Pouya Idani as they take over the center and attack. Follow along and learn from the best!

  • Danger in the Center

    The center of the chessboard is a busy and dangerous place, especially when two creative attacking players face off. GM Dejan Bojkov shows you a fascinating game where the crossroads of the board became a gauntlet of dangerous tactics and ideas for one unlucky player who chose to keep his king in the middle of the mess.

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Attacking Through The Center

    The center is the most important part of the chessboard, the crossroads through which attacks are often launched and defense comes to the rescue. GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates how to use this vital area of the board to succeed in your own attacks by analyzing an instructive game. Learn how to control, occupy, and exploit the game’s most critical territory in this lesson.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Handle Central Passed Pawns

    All passed pawns are not created equally. Dejan Bojkov shows you the power of centralized passed pawns, and how to handle them as opposed to outside passed pawns. This idea is not just important in the endgame, but also may dictate entire middlegames as well. You don’t want to miss this important lesson.

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Power Of Central Passed Pawns

    GM Dejan Bojkov can't emphasize enough the power of central passed pawns, so here's another lesson on this crucial concept. Learn from two of the best players ever, Kramnik and Shirov, in a game when both were aggressive young chess superstars. Kramnik creates a deadly advanced central pawn early, and his technique is brilliant in converting the advantage.

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
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