A viewer asked me to create a video on the dangers of castling, specifically, when is castling early a mistake. Since this usually means castling into an attack, I focused on typical Kingside ideas. You can see it below.
That said, the first part of the video deals with a Colle System game that completely shows everything involving a Kingside attack against the castled King. See the full analysis of said game below, which expands on the video. Continue reading
‘Attack’ can mean many different things in chess. Some people immediately imagine sacrifices and unbelievable tactics. Others think of opposite-side castling and pawnstorms, like the Sicilian Dragon. Some people might even think about weak pawns and attacking them to win an endgame.
Those people are weird.
For me, when I think of an attack, I immediately picture the attack against an uncastled King. That is my favourite, bar none. There’s something magical, even romantic, about mating the uncastled King. I mean, we all know we should castle, yet sometimes we don’t, and those are the exact times that I relish the most. Continue reading