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
Another week, another miniature chess games. This is a classic, one of my favourites, Steinitz – Rock, 1858.
You’ve likely heard of Steinitz before. He’s the first official World Champion, who combined the tactical genius of the Romantic players but while also formulating the basic rules of positional play. His ideas, especially when distilled and expressed through the great teacher Tarrasch, transformed chess from a back-room brawl into something more of a science, where a great position needs to come before a great attack.
You’ve likely never heard of Rock before. That’s because he was an amateur, the equivalent of NN … and as you can imagine, he gets slaughtered in typical champion vs amateur fashion. Let’s take a loo Continue reading