You’re Castling Wrong in Chess!! || When to Castle for Intermediate Players || Chess Tips and Tricks

If you’re an intermediate chess player, you are more than likely castling either too early or too late during your chess opening and chess middlegame. How? In this video, I’ll be teaching you when you should castle, but more importantly, what you should do before castling in order to play the best you can. (#AskAChessMaster Show Episode 13!)

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37 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great video, I never thought about castling this way!
    I have 2 questions:
    1. What opening systems are out there, and are they good?
    2. What's the point of putting a piece on a weak square if your opponent can just trade it?
    Can't wait for your next vid 🙂

  2. Yes, brilliant, thank you for the immediately applicable advice.

    I have always felt like I was just uselessly castling when I couldn't find a better move. Now I know: I need to make sure I have a plan developed so I know where to look for a better move!

  3. A very good video! I liked the fact that you taught something that was applicable to the opening that you already taught as it helps us to better understand something as it is within the realm of experience of something hopefully most of us are playing.

    I would also like to add to this topic as well. Personally, as you already mentioned to prevent a move by our opponent and also to make a move that would otherwise be prevented by our opponent.

    Personally, I also like to castle when my b- pawns are under attack by a single piece and I can still successfully defend my king if more pieces are added. I also like to castle my king in the Philidor when my opponent makes a knight attack on my f7 pawn with the knight and the Bishop as an exchange would leave my opponent with a knight and a bishop for a rook and a pawn.

    Lastly, I also like to castle when my opponent's piece is pinned on the d- file.

  4. Can you make videos for beginners. Your approach to teaching is a lot better than other youtubers just stating, "Oh this opening is good." You explain exactly why and how to play thoroughly.

  5. I'm here a bit late but this was super helpful, thanks!

  6. Is there a way to quantify the tactical advantage of forcing an opponent to move his king before he has castled? It's clearly advantageous to remove the option, and I can tell that I win a lot of games where I have been able to force my opponent's king to move. Can it be quantified as worth some number of pawns or points?

  7. This might be a stupid question, but at the end why wouldn’t white just capture with their pawn? Doing so would attack your bishop while also being defended by the knight and in turn delay your castling.

  8. thank you, this helps a lot! I didn't realize how much castling was just a filler move for me, when i was being too lazy to think of a better idea.

  9. What’s a good way to actually win opponents materials and make them blunder their queen or trap their queen and take all their valuable pieces and just leave 2 or 3 good pawns so there will be no stalemate and then checkmate them and win more rating and become a better chess player and climb rating faster and win more games and do it for years to become a gm or im ?

  10. Interesting concepts. Thankyou for sharing. As a 900 rank player, i tend to castle just simply for castling's sake, this video shows me that this is a wasted move!

  11. I just came after the dewa kipas video, 3 videos in I can say that you have perhaps one of the best educational chess content in YT for beginners to intermediate player, you convey concepts in an easy digestible way… If I may sugest try doing recaps in top level tournaments, cover chess trends and drama, play with twitch subscriber or have sub battles, etc… Generally from what I've seen this are the top searches. Keep it up..

  12. You are an excellent teacher. Thanks for your insights.
    I have a question, at 5:24 position, if black plays cxd4, what is best response in your opinion? In the Colle Koltanowski system, c3 instead of b3 solves this issue. Here if knight captures, it looks like an odd position. Do you follow with Nd2 to F3 to reinforce the knight… Or play Bb2 first?

  13. Very informative…
    Thank you…!
    Be safe be healthy be happy…!!!
    Greetings from Srilanka 🇱🇰 🙏

  14. Suggestion/request: please do a 9LX example for this

  15. excellent info! totally different understanding of castling now Thank you!

  16. why not put pawn on D3 and push back the bishop?

  17. Also, am I the only one that avoids castling unless its absolutely necessary? I find whenever I castle my king is so close to teh corner that it becomes more volunerable because it has no where to move. I seem to be able to protect it better in the middle

  18. 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

  19. Very helpful, I've been in the habit of trying to castle as early as possible and end up in a bad position. I've also heard that castling king side is usually better than queen side but I'd like to know a little more about why that is.

  20. When to castle on opposite sides ? Any guidelines for that

  21. Most of players i played with and also myself usually do castle on the king side.. can you provide details and insights on when we should castle on queen side and what are the things to keep in mind when castling on queen side..

  22. 2:58 White can’t castle anymore because the King is in check

  23. “You want to explode all over your enemy’s face” -some chess master idk

  24. 2:50 Why is that “messing up”. What should black have done instead?

  25. This is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm going to incorporate your advice into my game and I appreciate you taking the time to share this information.

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