Middlegames

 

My forte was the middlegame. I had a good feeling for the critical moments of the play. This undoubtedly compensated for my lack of opening preparation and, possibly, not altogether perfect play in the endgame. In my games things often did not reach the endgame!  -  Boris Spassky

 

If a chess statistician were to try and satisfy his curiousity over which stage of the game proved decisive in the majority of cases, he would certainly come to the conclusion that it is the middlegame that provides the most decisive stage.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

The middlegame I repeat is chess itself, chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

 

Books on the openings abound; nor are works on the end game wanting; but those on the middle game can be counted on the fingers of one hand.  -  Harry Golombek

 

Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame.  - Lajos Portisch

 

Before the endgame the gods have placed the middlegame.  - Siegbert Tarrasch