Strategic planning is the most difficult part of the game and needed throughout, from the opening to the ending.
Strategic planning is based on an evaluation and that evaluation is based on the different elements of the position.
But what the chess books don’t describe is the direction of the plan.
The aim of every plan is the exploitation of weakness! So, spot the weakness in your position or your opponent’s and then either defend it, repair it or attack it!
There are different kinds of plans, some based on structures and others based on recurring piece constellations.
The author tackles another big subject and gives examples of how to construct plans in positions with pawn majorities on the flanks.
These examples will teach you how to exploit this important positional element properly.
About the Author:
Adrian Mikhalchishin, a Grandmaster since 1978, is currently among the top 5 world trainers and the Chairman of the FIDE Trainers Commission.
He trained the team of the USSR in the 1980s, national teams of Slovenia, Poland, and the Netherlands, and was the trainer of Anatoly Karpov (1980-1986), trained Zsuzsa Polgar, Alexander Beliavsky, Maja Chiburdanidze, Arkadij Naiditsch, and Vassily Ivanchuk.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.