Hidden aspects of the art of simplifying the position


Apart from the three basic parts of a chess game, theoreticians have also identified the so-called phases of transition, from the opening and the middlegame and from the middlegame to the endgame. The former one is easier to deal with from theoretical point of view. Once a player has decided over a concrete opening repertoire, he can study the typical positions that can arise, with all the possible plans in the first part of the middlegame. Things are less simple when it comes about the transition to an endgame. Only in rare cases one can predict the ensuing endgame when preparing the opening...


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