What to do after the opening stage?

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Everyone chess player has his/her own Achilles heel – after all, we’re humans, and no one can always win. However, many chess players’ Achilles heel is the transition between the opening stage and the middlegame stage of a chess game.

After the opening moves are completed, they ask themselves “Okay, what now?”. Sadly, most of them do not really know what to do, and they play random moves and end up on the losing side. Now, let’s look at a practical example:

It is a typical position that depicts the transition between the opening and middlegame stage, and it’s Black to play. How should Black proceed here?

Okay, first, let’s take a quick scan at the pieces to see if we need to improve any of them and place in a better position.

  •  a5-knight: It looks quite fine there, attacking the c4-pawn.
    •  a8-rook: It looks good on the open a-file.
      •  g7-bishop: The fianchetto bishop is placed on the long diagonal and it also guards the king on h8.
        •  h5-knight: Currently, it’s doing nothing there. So maybe Black should improve it.
          •  c8-bishop: It is undeveloped, but if Black wants to develop it, it seems it has no perfect place.
          • So, what do you think? What should Black do here? What is your plan? Please, take this task seriously and try to come up with a good plan for Black and then you can watch the introduction video to the course “From opening to middlegame” below:

            Is your analysis correct? Did you find the right plan for Black? If so, please accept my congratulations! 🙂

            Author information

            IM Asaf Givon


            Asaf Givon is an International Master from Kfar Saba, Israel. His age is 22 and playing chess since 7. He is also playing for the Kfar Saba team in the first Israeli Chess League. He got the IM title in 2013, and ever since then, he is on the road to achieve the GM title. He currently has 2 norms.


            He is teaching chess since he was 16 and he’s always very happy to teach people and to spread his love to the game.




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            1. waaoh sir very new information about the trasition betwenn opening and middlegame.you are great coach.greatest ever .thanks.

            2. Maybe we shouldn’t ask “How he got his knights on the rim.” But the question is still “Now what?” I liked the introduction and I am considering buying this one. I am still searching for the right move order. Often times you can see what needs to be done, but move the right piece at the wrong time. As often quoted: “the cart before the horse.”

              1. Good observation, Charlie!

                Often the ‘principle of the least active piece’ helps identifying which piece should be addressed urgently. However, it’s true that there could be other motifs as well.

                Best of luck in your chess battles!

                1. dear igor sir i had only one request since 4 years from now when you start this rca and its blog please invite the super coach of india mr rb ramesh he is just great coach and his insights is helpful for rca students thankyou.gm jacod aagard is already in india. he says that rb ramesh is blitinzing the postions.and no tother gm is gona do so.

                  1. Hi Ayush,

                    Thanks for the suggestion. it is interesting.
                    We will make a note of your suggestion.

                    Prasaadh | Support

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