Chess Lesson # 59: Opposite Side Castling Attack VS the f7-g7-h7 Pawn Structure

How to attack when kings are castled on opposite sides of the board is a skill any Chess player must have! Last class, we talked about this topic and I told you I would help you master the art of opposite-side castling attack. For that, we must review games in order to learn how great players do it. In this lesson, we are analyzing a game that when I came across it many years ago, I already had a good understanding of how to attack when castled on opposite sides. However, reviewing this game made me feel like I did not know anything. That’s why I wanted to share this special game with you. As always, I hope you find it helpful and let me know if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!

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60 Comments

  1. Thanks for your lessons. I begann to watch your videos from the beginning a aome weeks ago. You do great work. This video i enojoy specialy, because i play the london often.

  2. I'm revisiting this lesson now that I'm learning to play the Pirc defense against the 150 attack and need to brush up on opposite side castling attacks. Great lesson, makes a lot more sense now that I'm a bit more "advanced". I am now also starting to appreciate the structure of this course. Thanks again.

  3. Thanks alot coach!!! this part was very frustrating for me. I would know I must attack but had no idea how. My attack would lose steam fast

  4. Do you have any videos focusing on defending against these attacks? Whenever I see a pawn march like this on my castles king, I don't really know what to do.

  5. This is an extremely instructive lesson on opposite side attacks. Although there are many chess channels on YouTube, I have not seen any that cover openings, middlegames and endings in such a clear and easy to understand manner as your channel. In the final position, I found the move Qg2 which I believe also wins, although it is not as forcing as Rg8.

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