15. Dec, 2019

Castling on opposite sides

In this position Black has just castled on the queenside looking to attack White's castled king. However, his plan went pear-shaped.

😮 Can you see White's winning move ?    Video (4:15 min)

Playing with opposite castling is fundamentally different from one-side castling. When we castle on the same flank, we mainly develop our attack with the help of pieces; pawns are rarely involved in this case. It is quite different when we castle opposite way - here the attacker could push his pawns forward. Such a pawn storm with the opposite castling is the typical strategy and is most advantageous to use them in order to destroy the enemy's position.

👍 Opposite castling games - Pattaya Open  
           - games 5 & 6 are my favourites :)