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The Ultimate Strategy: Planning in Segments

Have you ever wondered why your plans often fail in your own games, while there are so many brilliant examples of faultless planning out there? “Why are my plans so bad and is it even worth it trying?” That’s what most beginner and intermediate players often ask themselves after feeling the helplessness following another inexplicable loss to a lower rated opponent! Yes, this is how it goes and it seems there is no way out. Well, there is! Segment planning is an important concept and often a difficult one to understand for both beginners and intermediate players alike! You may have been taught segment planning or read about it in some form or another, but you probably never realized its immense importance to your whole chess understanding, given its so simplistic and easy-to-follow nature. Segment planning in theory does look easy to implement and it really is, especially in its first two stages, but how many of us really tried to avoid veering off that paved path of success and going for something ‘original’ and ‘creative’ that quite often led us to an inferior position? In my lecture today, I aim at explaining segment planning in an easy-to-understand and unambiguous manner, so that no one ever hesitates what is right to follow in their game and proceed to successfully outplay their unsuspecting opponent!


  • 21 months ago


    TQ SIR...many game i see and very very good..but i dont know which one i luv to play e4 0r d4 game?

  • 3 years ago


    Let see what I understood from this video.  First keep improving your pieces in every move (simple development with purpose is good enough but develop ALL your major pieces).  Second restrict your opponent's pieces, move & maybe plans. Finally, do assaults only when you have fully developed. 

    Well that's what I understood.  Correct me if I understood wrongly.

  • 3 years ago


    really enjoyed the video, and learn a lot from your segment planning concepts.

  • 3 years ago


    I enjoyed that video. For some reason I saw almost every move coming, maybe because it was logical segment planning.

  • 3 years ago


    Very nice video. Esp. the breakdown of the attack's potential for a win and the master's response to it.

  • 3 years ago


    Great video!

    While I agree that it's not for beginners in the sense that it's a little more advanced than understanding basic tactical moves, opening and end game strategy. I consider myself far away from an intermediate player, and found it very intuitive and will be trying to use this idea to give a bit more purpose to my middle game strategy.

    I would like to see more examples as well :) I see specifically why the GM had decided to do what he did in this instance to build his strategy, but it's difficult on a general level to know how to build your own.

    Perhaps one of your own games, talking about how you came about your decisions to make the moves you did?

    I look forward to your next video either way, good job!

  • 3 years ago


    What to do next? Improve your pieces placement. Great!

  • 3 years ago


    Awesome video!

  • 3 years ago


    I'd love if you could show more examples of this.

  • 3 years ago


    It was a interesting video, but I agree that the explanation is not really for beginners... anyway, thanx a lot, it`s always good to know more things about the game.Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Great video!

    Please make more videoes about Planning and Evaluation

  • 3 years ago


    Very good video! Thanks for posting.

  • 3 years ago


    What is "segment planning?" and how does it relate to positional features and equilibrium? I should be able to understand it after watching?

  • 3 years ago


    "There are no plans in chess, only moves." - the late GM David Bronstein

    And that's the way I see it! ...

  • 3 years ago


    While I agree with those who wanted a clear definition of "segment planning," the definition seemed intuitive as the video progressed. The term 'beginner' might be modified to 'beginner with some basic background,' as the terms used assume some basic grasp of piece development,  game stages and positional play. That said, the main issue was about planning and I found it quite useful.

  • 3 years ago


    Made perfect sense to me, and I'm practically a beginner!

    There's a reason that the video is 10 mins and not 4 mins. It is defined throughout the video by way of example.

  • 3 years ago


    Very bad... what's up with not even defining what the heck segmented planning is? And actual explain it in understandable terms?


  • 3 years ago


    Good effort, but after watching your video, the nature of segment planning hasn't become much clearer to me.

    I agree with bcalmac, that next time you should give a definition of the subject of your video, instead of just presupposing everybody already knows about it - especially if you expressly direct yourself at beginners and intermediates.


  • 3 years ago


    Great video, thanks.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you.

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