Lesson 7 - The Three Phases of a Chess Game
If you do not know how to read and write a chess game, I recommend you to go through the lesson on the algebraic notation before continuing with this lesson.
Here is the plan I propose for this lesson:
- The Opening
- The Opening's Principles
- The Middlegame
- The Endgame
- The Endgame - Opposition and Conclusion
A game of chess can be divided into three phases: the opening, the middlegame and the endgame (or ending). Each one of these phases must be approached differently since they have different objectives.
In this lesson, I will introduce the basic concepts for each phase and will talk about the generally accepted principles defined for each of them. This lesson will certainly help you improve your game, but it is my intention to add a complete lesson for each phases later on.
This lesson is theoretical and does not contain a lot of examples. It is however necessary and important for you to go through this theory so that you are well prepared to understand some concepts that will be studied in the next lessons. Take the time to go through these couple of pages... it is worth it!
Let's start the lesson with the next page on the opening phase.