The course of a typical chess game can be divided into three phases: the opening, the middle game and the endgame. In order to become a strong chess player, one should obtain a certain level in all three phases of the game.
However, one of the most common dilemmas every chess player encounters is working on and improving his middle game.
What is it that makes studying middle games so confusing, compared to the other phases of the game? In my opinion, there are various reasons:
In our first chessentials featured Sunday, we analyze a game submitted by the reader under the name of Henrik Ginderskov.
Apparently, after the game, he went on to delete everything related to chess from his web browsers and computer, so I think we can safely assume he was slightly dissapointed with the outcome.
Luckily for us, he returned the websites and felt free enough to share his thoughts about the game. I have added my own analysis of the game as well here. His comments are denoted with HG, and mine with VN. Also, all exclamation and question marks are his own.
The 21st century can trully be regarded as the golden era for all the connoisseurs of the chess game.
Because never before was chess more accessible to the broad public than today.
The most obvious benefit of the technological advance is seen when comparing how chess was played in the past to how it is played nowadays.
Some 20 – 30 years ago, in order to play a simple five minute game, you had to overcome numerous logistical problems. You had to own a chess board, a chess clock, a place where you can play, and finally, a chessplayer willing to spend some time to sit and play with you on the opposite side of the board.