Improve Your Middlegame Play - download book
Those terms you hear bandied around all the time, bad bishop, open file, weak square etc., all relate to one thing: pawn structure. In a sense positional play begins not in the middlegame, but right from move one. The decisions you make early on in the game form the roots from which your whole game will grow. If you carelessly leave yourself with weak pawns and a bad bishop in the opening, then you can fully expect to have weak pawns and a bad bishop in the middlegame (and the endgame too, should you even manage to last that long). How often have we heard our friends say 'I made a mistake in the middlegame' or I should have drawn really', only to discover that in fact they were always struggling after some poor opening play left them with a bad position to start with? So, if you want to be a good positional player you have to start thinking about the middlegame straight from the opening, at least in general terms.
Author: Andrew Kinsman
Title: "Improve Your Middlegame Play"
Number of pages: 143
Size: 6 Mb