Welcome back to my Chess.com Blog! This is the second part of a blog series I have devoted to the major parts of the game, namely the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. In this second episode, I have focused on the major planning techniques in different middlegame set-ups. Piece restriction and sound planning are the main points I am bringing up in this lecture through an illustrative example that teaches how straightforward the middlegame strategy can be. I hope you enjoy this lecture and learn from it!