Chess Lesson # 59: Opposite Side Castling Attack VS the f7-g7-h7 Pawn Structure

How to attack when kings are castled on opposite sides of the board is a skill any Chess player must have! Last class, we talked about this topic and I told you I would help you master the art of opposite-side castling attack. For that, we must review games in order to learn how great players do it. In this lesson, we are analyzing a game that when I came across it many years ago, I already had a good understanding of how to attack when castled on opposite sides. However, reviewing this game made me feel like I did not know anything. That’s why I wanted to share this special game with you. As always, I hope you find it helpful and let me know if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!

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  1. After which lesson, I can defeat an 1800 chess player!! I know it requires practice but just assume that I did all the practices so after which lesson can I defeat that rating or somewhat near to that rating person!!

    BTW I am using the "1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners" book for practice!!

  2. It looks like you are starting with the Vienna opening, but then you do a variation based on the "closed sicilian". Does white's approach have a name? Or is it just called the "closed sicilian"? (although it seems the closed sicilain for white would have 3. g3 preparing to fianchetto the bishop).

  3. Man you are doing such a great job, i am just here to say good work and thank you! You always keep these lessons very interesting and simple, the difficulty increases with your viewers skills, it is just so kind of you to do this that i wanted to say thank you

  4. Very interesting game! I've never encountered ideas about attacking in chess before, so this section is both instructional and eye-opening. Thank you!

  5. I try the moves you are teaching but opponent do different than your opponent and stratagy fails

  6. Your lessons are underrated ..they are just too good.

  7. Coach. If at 5:20 the black knight was not on d7 , then is g6 still a good move ?

  8. 4:00 'if you couldn't find the move you are in big trouble' However the move h4 never had much impact on the game. Could you or someone explain the need for playing h4? why not push g6 straight away?

  9. Hello Coach, I am so tensed about my chess. I was 1045 then I got down to 801 directly, even I am losing each and every game I play. Initially I was making an excellent progress, I got to 1045 from 600 in just 45 days. But now I am facing backlogs. I think I have messed up my training plan.

    1. Firstly, I did 100 puzzles every day but hardly because I am analysing GM games I could solve hardly 25 puzzles a day.

    Do you think I should take a 2 day break from chess and make a routine? Or coach, could you provide me a routine with which I can achieve what I want. I will appreciate even the little help you give me. Love your Videos BTW.

  10. This was a great lesson. It really showed how to puncture the defenses in front of the king. The g6 move was shocking in it's simplicity and effectiveness.

  11. im revising all my basics today because i forgot a lot of things with just playing game after game heheh so thank you soooo much for alll the videos of the channel master

  12. If I ever get to Miami, I'd like to take you out to dinner…. it's the least I could do to pay you back for all these wonderful lessons, NM Ramirez!

  13. i forgeet this game i will learn it today by heart i dont find it on chessbase but its fantastatics you r advices eslanation woow thaannnkk youuuu !!! im reviewing every day all your playlist on your channel hehhe

  14. I just reviewed a great game in my chessboard with the key of the kight pin which all won with the sacrifice of our knight before to open our bishop for the pin; but please I ask you as a friend the next lessons; play a game where you learn to visualize 10 15 20 moves in advance; like in the lesson with the game of capablanca (tarash trap) i think but continue varition at the end xith vidualition; your community now are more strong to visualze 🙂 hehhe a lesson training vidualisation; with a game full of tactics possibilities; like the game caruana duda tata steel full of complicated tactic but full of calculation and visualization no matter what duda can do and that, from the middle game, just write (caruana duda complicated agaadmator) you will even see the other variants that it will show it's amazing a game like this with your analyzes that I consider as the best to train us to have ideas of sick and visualize with tactics inside etc etc. I learned this game move by move it is amazing but thanks to your analysis because you have this gift band i dont forget to join channel just some problems and its done brother , youo know me very much master 🙂

  15. At 5:45– the theoretical pawn take: wouldn't it have been best for the black f7 pawn to have taken the white g6 pawn?

  16. Hi Robert, thanks for all your great videos. I like your videos the best! You explain things clearly. You have a good voice and speaking ability too. Some DVD's I got from chessbase from these Russian guys, their English is so bad, I cannot understand what they are saying! So frustrating!
    Anyways, I have been using your opposite castling strategy combined with the London system. Im winning games!
    I also am using the Pirc as Black with much success!
    Thank you so much!

  17. This A mainline of the Sicilian defence… Not THE Mainline.

  18. Great Instructive video dear, Thanks.

  19. You are the GOAT of instructional online chess videos

  20. why you starting with e4, in last lesson you explained at London system starts with d4? I'm litle bit confused.

  21. Hi Robert. After watching every one of your lessons from #1 to #59, I felt bad that I was getting all this superb training for free, so I joined your channel at the Fianchetttoed Bishop level. And now I see all the members-only material. Awesome! After decades of not playing, I've been playing somewhat seriously for two-plus years, and yours is by far the best training on the internet. Thank you so much for the many, many hours you've devoted to your students.

  22. Very beautiful and instructive. Thank you

  23. I recently won a game by just following your instructions of previous video…

  24. Hello
    Your videos are so helpful !
    Question at 6:50, what is black plays ng6,
    I see the checkmate with bh7.
    What is they counter by playing kg8 or kh8?

  25. A very important lesson explained very nicely thanks dear

  26. I watched this video again and gained a lot today also thanks Coach

  27. I had done this and I won with a twice stronger player. Thank's Couch. 🙂 And your Pirc variation is something genius!

  28. 11:05 Now I can see the point of the two knight maneuvers; the first a deflection and the second a 'to' clearance for the bishop, allowing him to sight the king.
    So, how do you see that?? First you have to see that the king is in trouble. There is nothing without that. The king is effectively 'on the block'. If he were checked he would have to take the pawn and open himself to the queen attack. SOP for king on the block: first look to the knights, second can you send in a disruptor in to open a line to the king, then, can you use that line. Yes, in this case, but there is stuff in the way. Is it my stuff or his stuff? My stuff I can just desperados. Would it be worth it? This is all thinking backwards from an original weakness that you have had to see.

  29. It's a brillant move by Sacrificing a Knight to have a free square for another knight to control the g7 square. Thanks so much your brillant ideas
    Bonnie boy

  30. I've really needed systematic instruction on how to correctly think about attacking the king's pawn wall in these oppositely-castled king positions. Great work! Thanks so much!

  31. Do you have any videos focusing on defending against these attacks? Whenever I see a pawn march like this on my castles king, I don't really know what to do.

  32. Thanks alot coach!!! this part was very frustrating for me. I would know I must attack but had no idea how. My attack would lose steam fast

  33. I'm revisiting this lesson now that I'm learning to play the Pirc defense against the 150 attack and need to brush up on opposite side castling attacks. Great lesson, makes a lot more sense now that I'm a bit more "advanced". I am now also starting to appreciate the structure of this course. Thanks again.

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