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Could someone recommend a book on mid-game strategy please?

Things I am especially interested in are

  1. Make plans (and foresee opponents plan and stop it)
  2. Evaluate current position
  3. Evaluate positions at the end of calculation

I guess 2 is somewhat blended in 1 and 3. My problem is that even though I may be able to do some evaluation for the current position, it's very hard to do the same at the end of each variation I calculated. So I'm looking for both a more involved way to analyse current position and also a quick way to roughly evaluate positions down the line. (Or maybe practice is the only way?)

Thanks.

(Not really interested in tactics as this is not my bottleneck)

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    Just out of curiosity, what's your rating? – magd Aug 6 '15 at 19:40
  • Never played at a club or tourney, but playing white I'm beating my phone at 1800 setting (I have no idea on black opening) – jf328 Aug 7 '15 at 12:22
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"Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman is a modern classic on planning and imbalances.

  • Thanks to all suggestions. I searched all of them. I finally bought this one mainly because of kindle availability. – jf328 Aug 8 '15 at 20:31
  • As has been said, How to Reassess your Chess by Silman 100% – Richard Aug 10 '15 at 17:43
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"The Art of The Middle Game" by Keres and Kotov comes to mind. And an older book,"Strategy and Tactics in Chess" by Max Euwe, was long considered a classic in this area. Of course study always has to be combined with practice.

  • "Judgment and Planning in Chess", also by Euwe, and "How to Win in The Middle Game of Chess" by Al Horowitz are two more books covering this area. – CConero Aug 6 '15 at 19:14
  • And I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention Euwe's two volume treatise on the subject, "The Middle Game", co-authored with Hans Kramer. – CConero Aug 6 '15 at 19:47
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Two interesting books have been published recently that might be helpful to you:

Both concentrate on conveying "chess culture" - the knowledge how to handle certain typical positions and situations. This should be a good way to tackle your point 1.

Precise evaluation only comes with experience, practice and knowledge. Possibly you will have to train calculation instead of tactics.

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Chess Strategy for Club Players, The Road to Positional Advantage by Herman Grooten is worth looking at.

  • This is the only one with an electronic version! – jf328 Aug 7 '15 at 12:26

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