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superfastsi
I have played chess since I was 10 and I have always been trash at it. I basically play by moving the pieces randomly without any sort of strategy until I see a piece I can take without losing it or anything else. Sometimes I have a decent advantage over the other player but I have no idea what to do with it, and I eventually draw or lose. Anyway my question is what do you do in the mid game? Are there any strategies to remember?
RussBell

Browse the articles here.  Answers to your questions can be discovered therein...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell

LH2007

Generally, at the beginner to mid rating range, most blunders may occur at the middlegame. So, to improve your middlegame at lower levels will be to punish and eliminate your and your opponent's blunders. This is unlike many games at the higher/highest level (2200+) as to improve in their middlegame will generally mean to generate winning ideas and plans during the middlegame. So don't get confused by what 'improving your middlegame' means because it will mean different things at different levels. Again, at lower levels, it will be to punish your opponent's blunders by looking through the forcing move checklist for your own moves. And to eliminate your own blunders by seeing your opponent's forcing moves if you play a certain move and ensuring that all those treats are defended. This is just my experience/opinion though. IMO, @RussBell 's blogs are also good, so checks those out as well

tygxc

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"Sometimes I have a decent advantage over the other player but I have no idea what to do with it" ++ If you are up material, then trade pieces, not pawns so the relative importance of your advantage grows and you can win the endgame. If your pieces are better developed into play and/or if you control the central squares, then attack his king.
"Anyway my question is what do you do in the mid game?" Improve the position of your worst piece. Trade your bad pieces for his good pieces. Put knights on outposts and rooks on open files. Be careful with pawn moves: pawns cannot go back.

HeWhoNeverLoses
I watch a lot of chess videos and mostly do puzzles. Puzzles help you spot tactics that can give you something to do in the middle game. Watching beginner YouTube series like chess fundamentals with John Bartholomew or Habits series with Chessbraha changed the way I looked at the game Abe told me fundamental principles to carry through my game of stuff like developing, fighting for the center, and repositioning my pieces
GeorgeWyhv14

Play positional chess will strengthen either the white or black army.

kerolosazer
Mid game is super challenging holy shit
korotky_trinity
superfastsi wrote:
I have played chess since I was 10 and I have always been trash at it. I basically play by moving the pieces randomly without any sort of strategy until I see a piece I can take without losing it or anything else. Sometimes I have a decent advantage over the other player but I have no idea what to do with it, and I eventually draw or lose. Anyway my question is what do you do in the mid game? Are there any strategies to remember?

They say... you should make right strategical (positional) moves in the mid game.

Chess masters do them even intuitively.

They enhance their position constantly.

technical_knockout

train puzzle rushes every day until you stop dropping pieces and pawns for free.

follow this plan: 😎

1. gain a free piece.

2. regroup your pieces.

3. trade equal pieces off.

4. take your opponent's pawns.

5. support & queen some pawns.

6. checkmate with your extra queens.

Skazzo19

probably break through the castled pawn structure with a queen and helper mate

RiderOnTheWheel

I have the same problem. I've been picking squares I want to attack and look for pieces to bring into position to do that. I also look for free pieces the opponent is giving me. Some basic tactics like pinning and forking help to get you up further material. I still don't know how to checkmate very well. But the more material advantage the better. 

technical_knockout

mating attacks often require preliminary pawn assistance to:

1. gain (cramping) space,

2. drive away defensive units,

3. open files for your rooks.

maneuvering more force to the intended sector of the attack will increase the likelihood of success.

wing attacks should be predicated on control of the center, or you will risk a decisive counterattack splitting your forces & throwing you back in disarray.

you should only attack if you have an advantage in the planned target area.

avoid unnecessary exchanges when attacking to keep the opponent's pieces uncoordinated & fighting each other for squares.

winning material is always a secondary attacking goal when going after the enemy king:  regroup, trade pieces, queen your pawns & mate.   🙂