Middle Game Goals
by Paul Jackson
Analyze the Final Position
Anyone can learn off some reliable opening moves. But when the opening is over you have to know what's going on. Lot's of people throw the game away in the middlegame through silly mistakes. When you have reached a chess middlegame and if you have sense, then do as follows:
Your goals during the middle game are very different from those in the opening. When the time comes, make sure you take a moment to acknowledge the end of the opening phase, and set your strategy for the next phase.
Remember, the game of chess involves two players, not just you. No matter how enamored you are with your own plans, make sure you always ask yourself about your opponent's intentions.
If you are in the middle of calculating a combination, make sure you don't stop too early. Analyze in your head the final position and assure yourself that you have gone deep enough.
As obvious as this sounds, the fact is that players often forget to look at the big picture and make sure the moves they are making are part of a bigger plan. Do not make this mistake!