How to Play the Middlegame

Today’s post is going to cover a very important special topic that spans across all level of play, from a complete beginner or a master: “How to Play the Middlegamе”. In this unreleased video recorded in 2012, I analysed an exemplary master game to best demonstrate how middlegame strategy is executed and what we are supposed to look for when playing that important stage of the game. The game analysed is between GM Andresson vs. GM Vaganian at the Skelleftea Tournament in 1989.

Most chess players sometimes ask themselves how they can avoid all of those countless positional mistakes committed in the middlegame. There are also certain key decisions based on positional intricacies that you need to take as a player, i.e.; How to attack on a given target, or whether we should attack or defend in a given middlegame position we arrive at. The decisions (and sometimes questions) normally bother us irrespective of the amount of chess literature (books) we’ve gone through, or lectures reviewed on these topics. In this lecture, I will take you through how you can really excel in the middlegame stage and find the right strategy to build a plan. When I was younger, I also used to struggle with the challenges presented by middlegame positions. This video will help you build the thought process to enable you to find the correct strategy in the middlegame for every game you play in the future. I hope you enjoy this video and I am looking forward to reading your comments and feedback. If you have further questions, I am going to answer them as well as provide you with additional insight on the middlegame strategy.

For free analysis of your games, style of play and to receive master lessons, please visit

More of my free instructional videos are available on the Youtube channel

Thank you once more!


  • 3 years ago


    i prefer f4+ for white here

  • 3 years ago


    Tiger, like you said, we all too often ask ourselves how to avoid all of those countless positional mistakes. Thanks for posting the video to help heighten positional awareness for an average player. 

    Well, aparently lack of strategy is a common downfall in all domains. 

    Funny, the heroines from Jane Austen’s romantic novels seemed to be superior to an average chess player when it comes to using strategy. It's a shame, considering chess is supposed to be the ultimate game of strategy.


    Want to Improve Your Positional Chess? Well, perhaps Tal May Help! 

    Gain better positional understanding - tactically! by following the Pirate from Riga on

Back to Top

Post your reply: