October 4, 2009

Center Game

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Center Game. It includes 2 chess videos (Video 1: Center Game - Main Variations | Video 2: Center Game - How to Play), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download and see Center Game games played in the year 2009.

The Center Game lesson is divided into the following 3 parts:
I. Center Game: Data and Variations
II. Center Game: How to Play the Main Lines
III. Center Game: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games


I. Center Game: Data and Variations

Center Game Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4
ECO Codes: C21-C22 - ECO Codes C21-C22 is not only Center Game.

About Center Game:

Center Game is an old chess opening. It belongs to the Open Game openings. Center Game breaks the rule "No Queen Out Too Early," and the White Queen is brought out already on the 3rd move. This opening was abandoned, it was revived... Center Game is being played at the master level today. It is an easy chess opening to learn.

Center Game Main Variations:
• The 3.... Nc6 Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 (C22)
• Paulsen Attack: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 (C22)
• Charousek Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Bb4+ 5.c3 Be7 (C22)
• Berger Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 (C22, most common)

To learn Center Game and its main variations, see Video 1: Center Game - Main Variations by clicking the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


II. Center Game: How to Play the Main Lines

You may learn the main variations of Center Game. Within Center Game, you should know Berger Variation which is the most common and which goes 1 step down from Paulsen Attack. You should learn not to play 5.e5? for White... For this, use Video 2: Center Game - How to Play; which is below. To see Video 2: Center Game - How to Play, just click the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


See in writing the Center Game variation, which was shown in Video 2:

• Center Game, Berger Variation:
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 0-0 7.0-0-0 Re8 8.Bc4 d6


III. Center Game: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games

Find below the Center-Game.pgn file to download and see how the Center Game opening works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the Center-Game.pgn file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Center-Game.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play some of them.
• In addition, the file includes 24 chess games played in 2009 on Center Game.
• The chess games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 1689-2489.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The chess games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., White will be better at 0.47 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To see how Center Game works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Center-Game.pgn File (11 KB)


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