157 ( +1 | -1 ) Delaying CastlingI am having a big problem with people who delay castling especially in variations where castling is necessary in order to launch an attack.
For example the Classical kings indian what happens if after e5 instead of the usual 0-0 white ignores and plays d5 b4 etc and storms the queenside? What does black do? The centre is closed and if he tries to play the usual f5 and storms the kingside it presents no threat to white and furthermore white can always consider 0-0-0!! When black has overextended himself and white can blow open the kingside for a winning attack (presuming black has already castled himself!) while black has trouble mounting couterplay due to his lack of preparation. (white will maneuvre in such a way that pieces can move from the queenside to the kingside in a flash to suprise black!)
Another example is the French. What if white plays all his "going to hack on kingside moves) and black just sits his king on e8? What's to stop him from doing that? The centre is closed and white cant do anything! If he storms the kingside he is simply playing a French with black being a tempo ahead in counterplay as well as having a safeish king! (Usually in the French you want the black king himself in the fray to make matters more confusing). Furthermore, I have actually played a few 0-0-0!? games as black with the French and had decent results. (I'll have to find them but...)
I really am having trouble with this especailly in closed centre positions! Comments are very much appreciated.
40 ( +1 | -1 ) I guess if a player refuses to castle and leaves the king in the centre ( when closed centre) he is down a rook... you should activate both your rooks and work on file pressure...
I would imagine you first need to create a bit of space for proper rook pressure though, and maybe sac a pawn to open the file you wish to be open, and make sure you can hold it.
69 ( +1 | -1 ) and another tip...just some random ideas...
another thing for attacking the uncastled king in the closed centre... should he expand his attack on one side, say for example he attacks on his queenside you should seek to infiltrate behind his position on the kingside...
I can imagine you might end up with your opponent with an overextended position... so increase your peception of the values of your knights in a closed position, they will be ideal for jumping over any over extension... and will be best if you can establish outposts for them.
If you have time, there are often ways to stimulate your opponent into pawn advances... and with each pawn advances holes are left...
66 ( +1 | -1 ) Neither delayed castling nor O-O-O is all that unusual in the French. In the main line Winawer, for instance, Black pretty much expects his kingside will get demolished and plans accordingly. If attacking the uncastled king were easy, this line probably wouldn't have survived.
There are two ways to deal with positions without clear attacking opportunities. You can gradually improve the position of your pieces, make it difficult for your opponent to do the same, and wait until he cracks under the pressure. Or you can sacrifice something to rip things open. At their extremes, you could consider these to be the Petrosian and Tal schools, respectively.
46 ( +1 | -1 ) Check out this for a K-side attack... w From a pick-up game played OTB about 15 years ago. Well, it started out as an attack on the King, but he fled over to the Q-wing betimes... This game will be one of my annotated games shortly... It has to be admitted, though, that delayed castling can place the opponent in a quandary, whether to pursue a projected attack, or to adopt a less committal approach.