5 Principles to Effective Middlegame Planning

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Today we’re going to discuss about an interesting topic. How does the opening structure affect your middlegame plans? What middlegame plans should you look for after the opening stage?

To be more precise, in what way the opening structure connects to the middlegame and how you can think about setting up the right plan for any opening structure, despite knowing or not knowing the actual opening theory.

The reason why we chose this topic is because many of YOU (the RCA students) have asked for a lesson on this topic in our survey conducted recently. 🙂 As we always do, here we are presenting to you an instructive lesson on this topic.

Today, our guest coach IM Valeri Lilov (who is also the author of the course “Converting Your Advantage into a Full Point”) has prepared a video lesson for you, addressing this topic. He will share with you 5 principles that will help you reach a good middlegame position, right after the opening stage is over. He will show you an example game played between Peter Svidler and Peter Leko, demonstrating how Svidler created an effective plan in the early middlegame stage.

You can watch the video lesson below:


Conclusion – 5 Principles

1) Ask yourself: How can the pawn structure affect the piece prospects?

2) In the early middlegame stage, think of how you can restrict your opponent’s pieces.

3) Do not commit to change the structure too early. Add more strength to your pieces to improve the position.

This is what even the top GMs, even the world champion Magnus Carlsen do. Patience is the key. Do not rush and play moves that affect the structure. Hold your good pieces, don’t trade them.

4) Before playing a ‘risky-looking’ move, ask yourself: “Does that move create vulnerability in my position?” If not, that’s not a risky move.

5) Always strive for piece coordination, as that can make them incredibly powerful. Piece coordination is the act of two or more pieces getting together, being twice as more powerful than they were before. The right pawn structure is necessary for effective piece coordination.

P.S. Did you find this lesson useful? We would really like to hear from you, as we’ve given you a lesson on the topic you asked for. 🙂 Please, share your thoughts in the comments below.
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