Improve Your Middlegame Planning

In today’s blog post, you will learn more about systematic planning in chess. This is the most important skill every chess player needs to master in order to progress and succeed in the ancient game. But how could one handle the complex nature of every position and come up with the right plan consistently? To achieve that, one needs to know the elements of planning and evaluation, as well as the algorithm to use them effectively. This lecture is based on a central example – an instructive game – in which white attacks black in an opposite-castled position and finds the best plan to wipe black off the board after thoroughly evaluating the critical position earlier in the game and considering a number of candidate moves. I hope you enjoy my lecture below and have the chance to apply that technique in your own games in the future!

If you want to follow the analysis attentively you should maximize the broadcast window: Click on the YouTube icon or "Full screen" on the bottom right.


  • 12 months ago


    Thanks, I like the Planning series.

  • 20 months ago


    Very good lesson and makes a lot of sense. I'm going to the local chess ladder now and practice this. Thanks.

  • 21 months ago


    Explained extremely well especially for low rated player like me. Good Job!

  • 22 months ago


    Very well done video. Thank you very much.

  • 22 months ago


    Thank you very much!

  • 22 months ago


    Very nice explanations. Thank you Smile

  • 22 months ago


    Fantastic video!

  • 22 months ago


    Tiger LIlov is the best trainer in the world!

    His lessons and explanations are about the clearest I have ever seen or heard.

    Let's all support Valeri "Tiger" Lilov! 

  • 22 months ago


    There's video (or two) at the website for the Gibraltar Open. One of the videos is Ivanchuk describing his games from his match with Yudasin years ago. He doen't ention any of these things in the video of this post. It's worth comparing to Lilov's.

  • 22 months ago


    Very good explanation. Really great video thanks

  • 22 months ago


    Excellent and clear instruction.  Makes me love the game even more.

  • 22 months ago


    Why watch this?

    -to know what to think

    -to find possibilities

    -to make the best choice

    It's easy to learn it because Tiger explain it well and stress the main points.

  • 22 months ago


    Computers don't plan! They just look at variations and pick the one their evaluation function say is best. People can do that, but to varying degrees. Is this as important as "getting an idea"?

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