Maybe you have been playing chess for a while now, and you are starting to feel frustrated; you are not earning any rating points (whether that is online or in competitive tournaments) and your play does not seem to be improving. If this is the case, and you are willing to dedicate yourself so that you can climb up the ladder, you may consider diving into chess literature. Obviously, many books could be included in this “top 5” that we are building - but the idea is to keep it short and concise, so that all of them can be instantly added to your reading list.
“Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” – Savielly Tartakower Does the above quote ring a bell? Do you often feel lost in the chess board looking for plans or ideas when there is no concrete tactical solution? Don’t worry - that is perfectly normal. Strategic play is, arguably, the hardest field to dominate for any beginner, simply because you have not yet developed a deep understanding of the game.
If you are reading this article, you either feel this way right now or have before: being stuck in a loop with your chess openings, not knowing what you are doing wrong or why your opponents always seem to get the best of you from early on in the game. While many beginners have the wrong mindset of focusing too much on opening theory instead of learning the basic principles of the game, it is true that you must learn how to act in the early stages of the game if you wish to achieve an interesting middlegame.