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:
Whenever I start remembering my first chess steps, I can’t resist paraphrasing the title of the famous Garry Kasparov autobiographic book – How chess imitates life. And for everybody thinking „Oh great, Vjeko, too much blitz on chesscom is again causing damage to your brain“ , please, let me elaborate.
Because as much as a person has very few recollections of his earlier days on the planet, a chess player can very vaguely remember his earliest creations. Especially ones played under faster time controls.
Probably the most reasonable explanation of this phenomenon lies in the fact that there is positive corelation between playing strength and ability to visualise the moves and the pieces without looking at the board.
Ability that is especially apparent when trying to remember your own chess games „from head“ immediately after they have been played. Or when trying to play blindfold chess.