I’m wondering if there are any good resources about the change from one game phase to the next.
What i mean is that there is the opening, middle game and endgame phases but is there agreement/clarity on the transition from one to the next. I realise this is more of academic interest than something that will actually help improve one’s game but I feel it’s something I don’t really understand and would like to know better.
So, I understand (from Nick Sibicky I think) that the opening is from the start of the game to the start of fighting. The middle game I guess then is from the start of fighting until ??? there are no unsettled groups/no more invasions are possible/when? And the endgame is from the end of the middle game to the end of the game. Is any of this right?
I suppose there is a fuzzy border between the game phases but I feel like understanding the boundaries would at least be interesting and maybe even helpful. I know that you shouldn’t play endgame moves too early - but if you don’t know when the endgame is then that’s hard to apply in practice. Equally, you see some games where one or two corners remain with only a single stone in them (and so feel like still in the “opening”) while half the board can be covered in a sprawling fight (middle game or maybe part of the opening). Likewise, it seems that you can play double sente endgames moves remarkably early (in the middlegame??)
Or maybe it’s all about timing, tempo, direction of play and shape (none of which I know that much about) and I’m thinking about it all wrong.
Grateful for your sage words and pointers to resources that might help me/be interesting