Middlegame concepts rise in importance as a player grows in strength. How a player plays the Middlegame and Endgame directly correlates to their strength as a chess player. But learning the middlegame can be overwhelming as there are infinite possible interactions between the pieces.
What we can do is we can break it down into chunks or ‘concepts’ and master them one by one. In the article, we will take a look at 9 Middlegame concepts that all chess players must know.
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Have you ever felt lost over the board? Don’t know whether you should develop that knight, castle, or maybe go for a pawn break? Beginners typically treat each move on their own, without seeing the big picture. Chess Strategy for Beginners is the glue connecting everything together and allowing your pieces to work as a team.
Bishop’s opening (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4) is one of the oldest known starting lines. Luis Ramirez Lucena first mentioned it in a manuscript. Philidor thoroughly examined the Bishop’s Opening, which gained popularity. Philidor preferred 2.Bc4 over 2.Nf3 because it allowed the pawn thrust f2-f4 to gain a spatial advantage and fight for the center with pawns.
Later in the nineteenth century, Howard Staunton investigated the line and played numerous games as both White and Black (most notably in his match against Cochrane in 1842).
Having good positional chess is a must as you move up the rating ladder.
One-time blunders and tactical shots will reduce in number and you will have to play in a more nuanced way to get an advantage.
So, in this article, we will take a look at some important themes and topics in positional chess to better your positional understanding.
How to win with white pieces? In chess, the right to start first gives White more possibilities for grabbing space, developing pieces, and seizing the initiative. But overall, Black is successful at equalizing the chances in the opening.
That leads to the question: how should you approach the game to win more often with White pieces?
The Slav Defense was a perennial sight on the chessboards of masters in the early 20th century. This an astute reply to White’s Queen’s Gambit, whose sole creation was based on solving the problems inherent to the Queen’s Gambit Declined. It is a solid defense and is played from the beginner to the World Championship level. Even though it is an old opening it is still played by many of the world’s top grandmasters. In this article, we will take a look at 10 reasons why you should play the Slav defense.
Queen’s Gambit Accepted (QGA) can be categorized under the postmodern category of openings. This is because it is a mixture of classical and hypermodern opening ideas.
Generally, in classical openings, the opening is played out in such a way that there are no major weaknesses created, whereas in Hypermodern openings you give up the center and fight for it after deploying your pieces to favorable squares.
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