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Center control is an important aspect of playing chess, most openings are built around controlling the center, but why? Is center control really that important for winning a game?

{ asked by Soufiane Hassou }


The center is the crossroads of the board. Controlling it will give you access to every other part of the board. At the same time, it will drive a wedge in the opponent's position that hampers communication between king and queen side.

Control of the center is usually a decisive advantage in your favor; unless your opponent has heavy compensation (e.g. more than a pawn of material advantage), or a violent attack against your king.

{ answered by Tom Au }