28 ( +1 | -1 ) Mid-GameI'm not really new to the game, I've almost always known how to play, I'm just now digging into it. I've been studying openings and I'm learning some, my main problem is the mid game. Do you have any pointers or free websites or something that would help me with this? Thanks.
90 ( +1 | -1 ) Middle game...The best way to approach your problem is to continue to dig in... Familiarize yourself with the characteristics and advantages of various openings (open, closed, and semi open)... Learn to recognize the static and dynamic advantages each opening develops going into the middle game... Real skill comes when you can determine whose advantages are more real and which positive features will eventually rise up in triumph...
You will find the middle game a complex intricate battle between players who are constantly trading their existing advantages for new ones and that's what makes chess such a rewarding sport...
Best thing to do is to start with the book "The Art of Middlegame" to get familiar with the principles of what to look for... And by all means do not forget tactics, and familiarize yourself with the various tactics that come with certain openings...
60 ( +1 | -1 ) The link blatman was referring to, I think, is: www.ex.ac.uk/~dregis/DR/coaching.html
However, as far as the middle game is concerned, I think a good book could help you tremendously. I can personally recommend The Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman, maybe you want to check it out. He makes amateur players talk out loud while they consider different moves and points out the thinking mistakes they make, and you learn a lot about both positional play and thinking processes. It really helped me a lot, I think.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) I can't think that---most of the old cassics are really 'dated'. they just didn't have the help of computers in their analysis! So even though sometimes there are tactical mistakes, (some pretty obvious, yes) there is still a wealth of wisdom.