Originally posted by rob39
recently I've been managing to suvive the opening (but still dropping pieces on occasions)but at times I've found it difficult to formulate a plan for the middle game. I'm Just looking at the board and thinking what the hell should I do now???
Looked through your last loss Game 8872523
and here are my thoughts
First of all you missed a chance to win on move 23
Another thing to note is basic developing rules, on move 3 you were here
The move screaming out to be played is Nc3, developing the knight and attacking the queen - killing two birds with one stone (you played Nf3).
Again, there's the same thing here on move 8
You can attack the queen and get your rook into the open with Re1, the other best move is probably d4, trying to control the centre. Qc2 (the move you choose) isn't really that useful in developing your pieces or controlling the centre - the main two aims of an opeing.
From here you played really well, developed quite nicely and defended quite well (except when you lost your rook) but there's one more missed chance:
You should always look for unusual moves, moves that aren't immediately obvious and you notice the pawn on e7 is pinned, so you can play 25. Nd6. The king is forced to move to d8 where upon you play Nxb7 forking the king and queen.
Edit: I know he'll take your queen but that little exchange will win you a piece.
In this game your middle game plan seemed to be to attack the pawn on f7 which was the right thing to do, and I think you've just missed a few tricks and moves which if you found you would have won the game. Generally the plan should be the same in every game, spot your opponents weakness and attack it!
If you can't find a weakness then the thing that I do is throw pawns forwards and hope a weakness appears!
Hope some of this is helpful,