Every club player knows the problem: the opening has ended, and now what? First find the right plan, then the good moves will follow!With this book, IM Herman Grooten presents to amateur players a complete and structured course on:how to recognize key characteristics in all types of positionshow to make use of those characteristics to choose the right planHis teachings are based on the famous "Elements" of Wilhelm Steinitz, but Grooten has significantly expanded and updated the work of the first World Champion. He supplies many modern examples, tested in his own practice as a coach of talented youngsters.In Chess Strategy for Club Players you will learn the basic elements of positional understanding:pawn structurepiece placementlead in developmentopen filesweaknessesspace advantageking safetyYou will master the art of converting a temporary plus into other, more permanent advantages.The author also explains what to do when, in a given position, the basic principles seem to point in different directions. Each chapter of this fundamental primer ends with a set of highly instructive exercises.Herman Grooten, is an International Master and a chess coach with over 25 years of experience. Quite a few of his pupils have gone on to become grandmasters, among them Loek van Wely and Jan Werle.