How To Play Middlegame: The Ultimate Beginner Guide | Chess Strategy

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will teach you middlegame strategy. A lot of the chess players ask this question: “What to do in the early middlegame stage, right after the opening?”

It is more or less clear what needs to be done in the opening stage of a chess game – you have to develop your central pawns, develop your knights, develop your bishops, and then castle your king. But what to do after that? What should be your middlegame plan?

That is exactly what you will learn from GM Igor Smirnov in this video lesson. He will give you step-by-step instructions that will help you understand the middlegame strategy and planning.

There are a lot of chess videos, books, and courses out there that teach you how to play different openings, endgame theories, tactical puzzles, etc. But most of them don’t teach you the most fundamental things you should know to improve your chess skills. This video teaches you just that! 

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00:00 Intro to middlegame strategy
00:41 What to do in the middlegame? 
01:01 So many choices of moves
01:52 What to do after the opening stage?
02:17 1) Develop your queen
03:38 2) Develop your rooks
04:20 3) Open up the position
07:00 4) Alternate way to open the position
08:26 5) Start attacking your opponent
09:30 Best way to improve at chess instantly

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48 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Intro to middlegame strategy

    00:41 What to do in the middlegame?

    01:01 So many choices of moves

    01:52 What to do after the opening stage?

    02:17 1) Develop your queen

    03:38 2) Develop your rooks

    04:20 3) Open up the position

    07:00 4) Alternate way to open the position

    08:26 5) Start attacking your opponent

    09:30 Best way to improve at chess instantly

  2. Thank you. Now I just have to master openings & the endgame 😂👍

  3. ایگوربهترینه Igor your is best

  4. Maybe i should just quit chess cuz after the much time I wasted learning it, i don't improve. I just find myself in a losing endgame from every game i play i just need some advice

  5. I think most people who come here genuinely learn a lot about the game !
    Thank you GM Igor and please keep teaching!!

  6. Nice gm smirnov
    Gives a lot of information

  7. Thank you. Your style and pace are perfect for my learning style. I’m grateful for all the free material you provide. I’m now beating players I used to lose to consistently. All the best, Igor.

  8. Hi igor thanks for the videos. I just have one queation can i become a GM at the age of 12? Right now im 31 years old.

  9. Thank you. I just signed up for your free masterclass. I've been stuck in the 1700's (Elo) for too long and struggle in the middle game. I seem to be blind to my opponent's candidate moves, and even my own!

  10. Well, develop your queen and rooks are still tips of opening, not middle game.

  11. Simple but powerful and immensely helpful. Thank you!

  12. "White is really confused."

    Yes. I am…

  13. Thanks! I’ve found when playing the computer my opening structure seems far superior but I’m always dominated in middle game. There are some good tips here.

  14. Why u put ur pawn to risk on center pawn..
    If the center the most important to control
    5:31

  15. Loool thanks to you i can play with some intense aggrassive-ness😂 no hate, your accent is great, the way you say “bushup” makes me chuckle too 😅 thank u for the advice, new to chess and its definitely starting to feel more natural now that im about 25-50 games in

  16. Is it normal in chess for majority of wins to turn out in stalemate (as in all opponents r dead except the king resulting in an infinite game) or am i just a noob?😅

  17. Everything in this video makes sense but after trying to implement some ideas I dropped from 801 into the 500s.

  18. great lesson about the middlegame strategy and attacking approaches.

  19. Such good grounds to know and practice, thank You for this instructive and inspiring video!

  20. Right off the bat you told me what I suspected was my biggest issue. My rooks, and my queen. I always develop them too late and just get flustered mid game

  21. That pawn touching the edge of the square is killing me. I adjust I adjust please!!!!!

  22. This is so good. It gives you some concrete steategies for the middlegame

  23. My Strategy is to go Hikaru nakamura mode and plan out a whole checkmate and the pieces needed then make space by trading the un needed pieces then Go for the checkmate

  24. I am a proud owner of your monumental book on the Scandinavian. I did hear that some GMs have felt that they can criticize some of your lines. And that you were planning to respond. Can you update me on the situation and perhaps provide some links?

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