How to Attack the Castled King? | Important Attacking Principles

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When you want to attack your opponent’s king that is castled, especially when you both have castled on the same side, it is important that you keep your center closed. When the center is closed, your opponent cannot create any counterplay there to attack you back.

In addition to having the center closed, you should have a positional advantage. By that, it means that you should have a better piece coordination to deliver a strong and a successful attack.

In this video lesson, the RCA guest coach GM Marian Petrov will teach you how to deliver a strong attack against your opponent’s castled king by showing one of his games played in the Sicilian Defense. In this game, his opponent tried to create counterplays on the queenside and in the center, but Petrov managed to neutralize them.

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24 Comments

  1. Brother, ur teacher is awesome… Ur positional understanding is great.

  2. My positional understanding is poor can u please post more similar videos

  3. Terrific opening, virtually preventing almost any counter play. Very frustrating for black!

  4. I think your videos are great but the main photo for this YouTube channel has you standing next to a large chess piece and what look like a number of toilets. Perhaps those pieces should point towards – rather than away from – the camera?

  5. Thanks for the analysis. Now I know much more about the game and what is going through the minds of masters. This lecture will improve anyone's calculation. Nice to see such a video.

  6. Thank you for this coaching 👍❤️😘👩‍🎓

  7. Thank you for the video. It is always interesting to hear a grandmaster explain his thoughts during a game and you are very clear and easy to understand.

  8. Sir I'm Remelito Cloma from Philippines every time you've posted chess tricks and games I watched it, SIR do I have favor to send me a chessboard so that I could enhance my ability in chess games thank you and God Bless You.

  9. I would like to know what us the meaning of mate prevails in chess?

  10. 9mn45 Qf2 au lieu de bouger le pion b2b3. Ce coup de pion est inutile.

  11. Great attacking game and thanks for sharing the video. Question, on 14:03 you played Queen to G3, I would have played Queen to E4, would that be a bad move? With the intention to hunt the king and 'eat the kingside pawns to create passed passed pawns for myself. Cheers! Keep up your great work and vids 🙂

  12. Why not Qe4 after black played Qd8? (or even right after g5)

  13. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan) says:

    Consider the 90 positions in 9LX where you have to move a rook on 1 side to castle on the other side. What to do about castling then when you can't seem to keep your 'poker face' up re the video 'When to DELAY Castling in Chess!!' (5lVvs0JB5ME) ?

    See 'How many Chess960 positions exist in which castling on 1 side does not require moving the rook on the other side?' On Chess Stack Exchange

  14. Amazing insight into shutting down blacks counter play! Thank you for this! Keep it coming!

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