Questions tagged [middlegame]

Questions about the middlegame. The middlegame is the stage of the game after the opening has been completed and most of the pieces have been developed, but before the endgame. In the middlegame, the plans usually revolve around trying to improve one's own position and win material from the opponent, or sometimes, to deliver mate to the opponent.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
13
votes
4answers
3k views

Is it good to have a tendency to exchange pieces?

This is how I am playing nowadays. I can beat ~1500 player 50% of the time (the rest is due to tactical errors): Play the opening (upto 12 moves) Don't blunder At the point where my pawns and pieces ...
5
votes
4answers
314 views

Having knightmares, what to do?

I just hate when my opponent has the knights because most of my blunders happen due to them. I generally like endgames where my opponent doesn't have the knight. I also hate when the Knight enters my ...
2
votes
1answer
123 views

What is the best approach to this situation?

So I am still learning chess and I have a lot of trouble in these situations. Please help me with what to do in the next few turns.
1
vote
1answer
78 views

How to avoid blundering in chess? [duplicate]

I realize that there is no point in playing good chess if you end up blundering away a rook or a bishop. I end up blundering atleast once in two games which generally ends up with me resigning due to ...
-4
votes
2answers
61 views

Openings vs. Middle vs. End games [closed]

Which among the following is the most difficult to master in Chess games? Opening vs. Middle vs. End
2
votes
3answers
105 views

Looking for instructive examples on how to defend against the Giuoco Piano or Giuoco Pianissimo (?) opening from Black's perspective

e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 (The Two Knights Defence is my choice) 4. d3 and I am obliged to play the Giuoco Piano 4... Bc5. I am afraid of the middlegame positions that arise after this opening, ...
2
votes
1answer
347 views

Wwhy was f5 played here?

[FEN "r1b1k2r/3pnpbp/pp2p1p1/2q3B1/3pPP2/1B1P4/PPP1N1PP/R2Q1RK1 b k - 0 1"] In this position, f5 was played. The reasoning is that Black's king is still in the center, so if White decides ...
-1
votes
4answers
162 views

Black to move, is there a possibility to win in this position?

With Black to move, is there a possibility to win in this position? [FEN "3rk2r/1p2q2p/1Q1p1Bpb/1R1N3n/1P6/5N2/1P3PPP/4R1K1 b k - 0 1"]
5
votes
1answer
105 views

What should my plans be in a Carlsbad pawn structure?

I often find myself in positions with the Carlsbad pawn structure, and I really struggle to come up with a plan. I am usually the one with the pawn chain pointing toward the queenside, so I assume ...
1
vote
1answer
97 views

Help needed to find the big mistake

Below is a a game in which I played as black. A chess engine analysis told me that I made big one mistake. Can someone point out what it is? [FEN ""] 1. d4 b6 2. e4 Bb7 3. Nd2 g6 4. Bd3 Bg7 5. Ngf3 ...
3
votes
2answers
670 views

Can someone explain the positional advantages for white?

[FEN "3r1rk1/7p/bq2ppp1/p1R5/Pp2P2P/4QB2/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1"] As far I can see, Black’s bishop has more scope than the white one, White has some isolated pawns, and the Black pawns rule the 5th ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Why, in this Capablanca game, was this move considered bad?

Regarding this position: [fen "r2qr1k/pbpn1pbp/1p1p1np1/4p3/1PP5/3P1NP1/PBQNPPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 1"] I have 2 questions: 1)If the game goes 1..c5 2.b5 the engine shows white slightly better but if 1....
4
votes
3answers
121 views

How to visualize in chess?

Skip to 2:08:27 in this video https://youtu.be/nK4SNEbMn7s. What exactly is GMHikaru doing that?How can I be able to do that?Does it comes naturally with practice or their are exercises?
5
votes
1answer
333 views

How to proceed with the book “Pawn Structure Chess” by Andrew Soltis?

Should I memorize everything in the book, or use it in some other way?
1
vote
1answer
84 views

Tips on The Greek Gift

I always have problems in executing The Greek Gift. This a position which I got in a recent game : rn1q1rk1/1b1nbppp/p3p3/1p2P3/3N4/2NB4/PPP1Q1PP/R1B2RK1 w - - 3 13 Even though the Knight is not ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

Advanced Caro Kann: Queenless Middlegame

I started analysing my games as a means to improvement. I am trying to form my own opinion without looking at the engine that much, as I can't rely on it while analysing a position in game. I really ...
-1
votes
2answers
98 views

Going from a winning position to losing one [closed]

I often go from winning positions to losing positions. What could I do to stop doing this? For an example, take a look at this games of in which I played as Black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 {0} 1... e5 {4} 2....
3
votes
2answers
93 views

Queenless Imbalanced Middlegame(3)

In the following position white is down the exchange, but up a pawn. Stockfish 10 and Komodo 13.2 evaluate it at 0.00. My Question is essentially which side has the advantage(if any) and if so how ...
2
votes
1answer
612 views

Queenless Imbalanced Middlegame(2)

I analyzed the following position with both Stockfish 10 and Komodo 13.2. The 2 monster engines evaluated it at a dead draw at 0.00. Is this really the case or does either side have some sort of an ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Queenless Imbalanced Middlegame

I was analyzing the following position for one of the correspondence games that I am playing. In the position, white is up 2 pawns and with my limited understanding, I can't see any real compensation ...
4
votes
1answer
244 views

Tactics in Firouzja's game round 3

In round 3, Firouzja and Artemiev played a very interesting Caro-Kann game, with white constantly trying to open up the position even at the cost of pawns, in order to exploit black's exposed king ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

Winning middlegame?

The following is a winning middlegame for White from Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals. It's white to play. [FEN "2nb1rk1/1pqrnppp/p2p4/2pQ1N2/6P1/1P1B1N1P/P3RP2/3R2K1 w - - 0 0"] 1. Nxe7+ ...
4
votes
2answers
140 views

Explaining middle game computer analysis

I was looking at the computer analysis for a game I played and I need some help to understand a line found by the computer. After a balanced game (started with a Torre Attack) we arrived at the ...
2
votes
0answers
71 views

Sites to learn the middlegame from [closed]

I have been going through some websites for practising my middle game so that I can get an advantage right away. What are some good sites for practising the middlegame?
0
votes
2answers
138 views

Guarding my seventh rank and a king walk assualt

A few weeks ago I won a game as Black on Lichess. [FEN ""] [startply "48"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bd3 c4 4. Be2 e6 5. d4 cxd3 6. Qxd3 Nc6 7. exd5 Qxd5 8. a3 Nf6 9. c4 Qxd3 10. Bxd3 Bc5 11. O-O O-O 12....
5
votes
3answers
864 views

How to improve king safety

I really wish to improve my chess skills a bit, albeit I am pretty sure that I do not want to become a grandmaster. One of my problem is my king's safety. Chess is very different from some other ...
0
votes
1answer
167 views

Why did the (Black) computer play 9. … Ke7 here?

Not having played chess in ~5 years, I started playing against the computer on my phone at ELO~800 (I've since reached ~900). I do not know what engine the app uses (Chess for iPhone by Mastersoft Ltd)...
6
votes
2answers
919 views

Pawn Sacrifice Justification

A few weeks ago, Magnus Carlsen (White) played against Anish Giri (Black), and this position was reached on the board on move 17 after black had played exf4: Here is the full game: [White "Magnus ...
15
votes
3answers
1k views

Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018

The position I'm studying is the middlegame part of the game 1 of Berlin Candidates 2018 between Kramnik and Grischuk, which Kramnik won with the white pieces. In particular, I'm interested in ...
-1
votes
4answers
165 views

In the middlegame, can one avoid compromising the balance one's opening has achieved? [closed]

A polite duplicate asked last week by @57Jimmy mentions an incidental matter I find interesting: But when all the pieces are out, well placed, and I have castled, I have no idea about what I should ...
1
vote
1answer
163 views

General advice for middlegame [duplicate]

This is a very basic and general question (and my first on this website), so feel free to tell me if this is inappropriate. Besides specific strategies and opening sequences, there are some fairly ...
9
votes
3answers
341 views

How to improve on the early endgame?

The late middlegame/early endgame is by far my weakest point. I often get some kind of advantage in the opening, but then struggle to convert. I do study endgames, for example I am currently reading ...
2
votes
1answer
166 views

What are the most instructive Zurich 1953 games? [closed]

I'm a club player that never really figured out the importance of studying master games. Since I want to improve my middlegame understanding I read that Bronstein's Zurich 1953 is an excellent place ...
2
votes
3answers
170 views

Analysis of my recent King's Indian Defense game

I'm looking for any feedback on positional ideas I've missed on a recent KID game I played (as black). We were both about 1900 Elo, although I was slightly higher rated. I've obviously already ...
2
votes
4answers
489 views

Should one actively search for a checkmate ('hunt the King') in the middlegame? [closed]

My usual middlegame strategy is to gain an advantage, however small (say a pawn), and convert it to a win in the endgame. I position my pieces and plan attacks accordingly, so that I can grab the ...
2
votes
1answer
475 views

Middle game and endgame principles

In the opening, it's helpful for me as a beginner to remember some basic principles: develop your pieces, castle, knights before bishops (generally), don't move the same piece twice, etc. Are there ...
7
votes
6answers
1k views

Why are opening books so popular?

As title above, why are opening books so popular? I am sure that most players know that middlegame and endgame books are ultimately much more important for improving one's chess strength. That is not ...
7
votes
2answers
350 views

Why is `a5` a better move in this position?

I was playing with a friend and we come to the following position (me white): My friend played b5 but computer analysis says that this is a mistake and he should have played a5. Now, I don't see why ...
1
vote
3answers
220 views

What will be the best move in this position?

I am a lower rated (1200-1300) player, and I am quite hesitant while making sacrifices. In the current game I see that black's king is unprotected and a bishop sacrifice at f5 can open up an attack ...
-2
votes
3answers
646 views

What next? I'm stuck!

Sorry if this question is waaay too long, but I just want professional chess players to know exactly what I think and help me. I'd appreciate it if anyone interested went through my question ...
4
votes
3answers
332 views

Was I right to capture the pawn in this position?

I played a blitz game against a 1900 player which I won. I'm interested in this position, I'm black, with black to move. The computer recommended to take the bishop, but I didn't want to take ...
5
votes
2answers
547 views

How to improve my early endgame / late middlegame?

When I search for books on the middlegame versus the endgame, I usually find discussions about positions that have almost nothing to do with each other: the former being rich with strategies with ...
3
votes
3answers
144 views

Queen & Rook Middlegames

Are there any general principles to playing middlegames with all of the minor pieces exchanged? I often find myself in middlegames with two rooks and a queen on either side, with no clear idea of how ...
1
vote
4answers
566 views

Middlegame plans

It is said that today openings are connected to middlegame plans and even with potential endings. But I can't find those middlegame plans, except for some occasional comments in opening books. In fact ...
1
vote
4answers
420 views

Are mind games effective?

If you want a quick match and need a way to put off your opponent early on, what sort of tactics can i use to mess with their head? I am specifically interested in the opening and middlegame, however ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

King's Indian Attack - Middle game ideas

I've searched everywhere, however, I couldn't find what are ideas in KIA. I know about Neil McDonal "The King's Indian Attack: Move by Move" book. This book covers KIA against different openings. ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
6
votes
3answers
238 views

Unclear endgame / late middlegame position: looks like advantage white to me, but engine analysis suggests draw

Came across this position as part of some variation analysis of one of my previous games. To me it looks like a noticeable (though probably not decisive) advantage for white -- based on pawn structure ...
1
vote
3answers
330 views

In the Ruy Lopez, does White play on the queenside or King side?

I always play on the kingside, but I recently heard from Expert class that White plays on the queenside. I also seen another Expert class play on the queenside. If this is true, then why does White ...
2
votes
3answers
415 views

How does one become a theoretician?

What does it mean to be an opening theoretician, and how does one achieve this status? Does it imply that one should not be an active tournament player? Apart from opening theoreticians are there ...