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Examples of Winning Via Attack II: Sacking the Castle

Every chess beginner knows the importance of castling.  If you leave your King in the centre, it remains in danger.  By castling you move it to the side of the board, away from danger and, usually, surrounded by defenders.  The castled position is undoubtedly the best place for the King in the opening and middlegame.

This section deals with some ways to beat the castled King, taken from my own games.  Though the games are from three different openings and very different positions, they all follow the same recipe for success.  I’ll explain it briefly here and go in depth during the games. Continue reading