Thinking about the center due to a comment of Blunderprone has opened a Pandora's box of thoughts and ideas. To name a few:
- The importance of space
- What you can do with that space
- The blocking of your pieces
- Center pawns being pinned
- Manoeuvring in the space behind your center pawns
- Different values of diagonals
- 3 diagonals through the center (per bishop)
- 3 diagonals ending up in the neighbourhood of the enemy king
- possibility to change the pawnstructure vs being blocked
- possibility to block
- possibility to open lines
- if your pieces protect each other they stand in each others way
- battle for central squares
On another note I'm doing well at Corus. Sofar I have scored 1.5 out of 3. If I can maintain 50% I will consider the tournament to be quite succesful. The rating in my group spreads from 1780 to 1905. Every game has been a positional battle and I like it. It looks more like study than competition!
Margriet is doing even better with 2.5/3.