Chess Lesson # 60: How To Attack the Fianchetto Structure | f7-g6-h7 | Opposite Side Castling Attack

Students! At this point in the course, you should have a good understanding of how to attack when kings are castled on opposite sides of the Chess board. However, in this class, you will learn everything you need to know in order to effectively attack the fianchetto formation (f7-g6-h7 pawn structure). This formation is very solid and strong. I like having it myself, but you must know that it also invites your opponents to start an opposite-side castling attack. The main reason is that it is easier to make contact since there is a pawn pushed to the 6th rank. So the other player’s h-pawn can in only two moves get to attack it. Just like in our last class, we will analyze a quick game. This is simply the right way to do it. You need to learn how to play better Chess from the games of the greatest players. Like always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section!

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  1. Yet another excellent lesson!! Robert you are a SERIOUSLY good teacher!

  2. 𝓛𝓾𝓬𝓴𝔂 𝓒𝓱𝓪𝓻𝓶𝓼 says:

    Your previous opposite castling vid was one of the best I have ever seen on the subject

  3. 1:53 Sir why does black go e5 they can control center please tell

  4. 9:54 If I had the Black pieces I wouldn't take the White Rook @h5. Rather I would immediately counter attack with Queen, light-square Bishop and Rook. And of course w/ my pawn advantage.

  5. Now I will do opposite side castle without any fear thanks dear

  6. I've been sacrificing my rook for the knight to some success, but your note on "just open the file" is dramatically going to improve my games

  7. Please write down the full notation, the move sequences are hard to memorize. Thank you very much GM.

  8. Great lecture, but i'm italian, it's pronounced fianketto, not fianchettow

  9. Today I saw this video again and gained a lot

  10. Just a side note: your extra commentary is not "distracting". It is very relevant info. Thanks for posting

  11. Answered a lot of relevant questions but I’m curious about what to do if after h4 they go h5, I’d guess just g4? But it’s a lil hard to visualize the whole continuation in different positions

  12. I watch all of your videos. Sometimes I rewatch them to better understand the notions. Maybe I can become a NM too one day.

  13. I am playing chess for a long time ago and from time to time I was trying to improve my knowledge by watching different youtube chess channels, but I never had a better explanation than you are doing it. With my better understanding now I am winning games in a row over and over again. Thank you very much. Thumbs👍👍👍 up!!!

  14. Really highlights what happens when the dragon doesn't take advantage of its acceleration with a powerful pawn push through the center.

  15. Very interesting lesson to understand how my opponent can attack my Pirc or KID.

  16. Dear Robert, hope you are going well and thanks for the video. When white plays Bh6 I found Nxe4. Please comment. Thanks again !

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