Chess Vocabulary: Cramped Position

By Ramya Inapuri, Wizard Coordinator & Instructor in MA

A Cramped Position in chess refers to the quality of the position, which prevents the freedom of movement or mobility of the pieces positioned behind the pawns of the same color.

A cramped position means that there is lack of space, and if a player’s position is cramped then they lack the freedom to move (compared to their opponent).

In the example below, white has a cramped position due to all the pawns being the same color as the bishop and the backward pawn(c3).