Chess Vocabulary: Centralization



By Ramya Inapuri, Wizard Coordinator & Instructor in MA


Centralization in chess means moving a piece or pieces toward the center of the board.

In general, pieces are best placed in or near the center of the board because they control a large number of squares and are available for play on right flank as needed.

Because of their limited mobility, knights in particular benefit from being centralized.

There are several chess aphorisms referring to this principle including:

“A knight in the rim is dim.”
“A knight on the side cannot abide “