Middle Game Strategy

  1. Centralize and coordinate your pieces. This is when tactical opportunities will begin to materialize.
  2. When your position is cramped, exchange pieces.
  3. When ahead in material, exchange pieces, not pawns.
  4. When you have a bad or inactive piece, exchange it.
  5. Don’t launch an attack on the flank until the centre is secure.
  6. When the opponent’s king is exposed, look for tactics and combinations.
  7. When the opponent’s development is poor, look for tactics and combinations.
  8. Attack your opponent’s weak and backwards pawns.
  9. Occupy your opponent’s weak squares. Knights are particularly good at establishing outposts.
  10. Don’t make unnecessary pawn moves in front of your king. This weakens your position.