“Centralization of the king in the endgame is hardly ever incorrect. It can only be inopportune.”– from Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky
Mating the king is the primary purpose of chess; therefore, each side usually tries to keep the king safe during the middle game where their opponent has various opportunities to attack him. However, after trading the queens and some other pieces, you may (and should!) consider bringing the king to the center where he can participate in an active battle.
On the other hand, an endgame doesn’t mean that the king can’t be mated, so be careful when centralizing the king because it may be inopportune. This leads us to the Game of the Week….
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Edited by Della Almind