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Chess Middlegame Positions and Chess Strategy Tips

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 4 min read

Less easily defined or theorized than openings or endgames, the middlegame is still an important part of a chess game. Broadly speaking, the middlegame begins when chess players have moved their kings to safety and developed most of their major pieces. It’s the phase where each player’s positional understanding will be put to the test.

Note that it’s not always easy to mark the point where an opening becomes the middlegame. Likewise, the middlegame may transition seamlessly into the endgame.