We’ve already looked at some tips for the start of the game, this time we’ll look at the mid-game but we’re going to move to a slightly more conceptual level as this part of the game can be very complex indeed.
Acknowledge the arrival of the Midgame
Really this means taking some time to consciously acknowledge that the opening is behind you, and mentally preparing yourself to change the focus of your game. It’s a good idea to have some form of strategy decided upon at this stage – one you’re prepared to start executing.
What’s your opponent up to?
Before committing to a course of action you should have a clear understanding of what your opponent intends to do. After all chess is a competitive game and your plans may come to nothing if you don’t spend some time working out what they are doing with their moves.
Have a sense of time
Most chess games are under a certain amount of time pressure, you should have a good idea of when you need to spend time in deep thought examining each permutation and when your intuitive play will carry the day.
Be confident in your decision
If you’re going with a calculating approach to a move, don’t let it go early. Take your time and play out the game in your head far enough that you can be sure that you’ve made the right decision. The clock is not your enemy unless you let it be – combining intuition and strategy can give you plenty of time for thought.
Don’t forget your plan
It might sound daft but a great move is only a great move as part of your overall strategy. If your move isn’t in line with your plan, you may still want to make it – but you’ll need to adjust your plan. Or you may choose to abandon that line of thought and stick with your current plan.