Seizing The Middle: Chess Strategy in Business

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Seizing the middle is a chess strategy that involves taking control of the middle of the board, limiting your opponent’s freedom to move their pieces. In the oil industry, John D. Rockefeller infamously employed this strategy to become the richest man of his time. He offered guaranteed business to almost every railroad company in exchange for a larger rebate than his rivals, crippling his competitor’s ability to compete on oil price. Read full article here

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