Chess Openings || When Should You Avoid or Delay Castling?

Castling is a very common opening strategy in chess. It normally brings safety to the king and improves the activity of the rook as it gets closer to the center.
However, in some cases castling can be bad or unnecessary. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to analyze a position in order to decide exactly what to do with your king.

If you want to know more about castling and more advanced ideas in the opening, such as choosing which side to castle or the best way to develop your pieces, check my check my course ‘Chess Openings – Essentials Training Course’:

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  1. 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

  2. Great video! I hope some lessons about piece coordination comes up sometime too.

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

    0:26 wait the engine says Be7 is a bad move, but Nf3 is not the best move. is this indeed the case?

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