How to Attack a King in the Center?

There is a chess quote by Rob Sillars, which goes “Castle early and often”. Indeed, we know that castling our king is one of the most important basic opening rules. But, what happens if you don’t castle your king? Today we’re going to see how to successfully build up an attack against a king in the center, a king that’s not been castled.

Today our new guest coach IM Mateusz Kolosowski will provide you with some guidance and insights on how you can use very simple principles in order to make sure that your attack against a central king is successful. 🙂

In his instructive video lesson, he analyzes a classical game played by the former world champion Boris Spaskky and will show you how you can very quickly and easily construct a successful attack when you know certain principles. You can watch the video below:



1) Don’t let your opponent’s king escape from the center of the board.
2) Open as many diagonals and files as possible.
3) Piece coordination is the key – bring as many pieces as you can into the attack.
4) Make threats! When you have the initiative and put pressure on your opponent, it becomes very difficult for him to defend

Which is the best side to castle your king: kingisde or queenside? Learn now from this instructive video lesson - click here!

Author information


Mateusz Kolosowski is an International Master from Poland. He has a FIDE standard rating of 2448 and a blitz rating of 2511.
IM Mateusz KolosowskiHe repeatedly competed in the finals of the Polish Junior Championships in various age categories. In 2010, in Karpacz, he won the title of runner-up of Poland. In the same year he represented the national colors of the Junior European Championships held in Batumi, taking the 5th place!

P.S. Did you like our new guest coach Kolosowski? Please let us know what you think in the comments below. 🙂
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  • male Gupta

    i have already seen a course from the new guest caoch he is superb coach but no like asaf givon or mikhalilo oleksienko pelase igor make some new courses by yourself thanks.

    • RCA_moderator

      Thanks for the suggestion and appreciation of our guest teachers.

      We will make a note of your suggestion.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • male Gupta

        okk sir thanks welcome who do you think would win the us championship and shamkir memorial??

      • male Gupta

        what do you think whos will win the us championships and shamkir memorail what doyou think about hte beatufulul games in shamkir memorail

  • Anup rajawat

    Hello Igor , I have started studying your course “Your Winning Plan ” . But before this course I have studied positional understanding and winning the middlegame course thoroughly. After studying the first 2 chapter of “YWP it is getting very confusing for me .like in another 2 courses I have simple plan how to play when you have aa particula pawn structure . But in “winning the plan “Your are suggesting some thing different .If You can attack in centre do it.Please clarify everything . Wich should be on top . Weaknesses or pawn structures or particular flank
    { Posted for the 2nd time }

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Anup,
      GM Igor has a busy schedule. I understand that you want Igor’s insightful views.

      But let me give you my opinion, the lesson in Positional Understanding is about spotting and attacking opponent’s pawn weaknesses.

      The lesson 2 Winning Plan is about composing a plan for different pawn structure like closed or open etc.

      From the opening, both White and Black try to control the center. So if there is an open center, you should control (attack) it. So your pieces have maximum activity.

      Once you have good control of the center, your piece placement and exchanges will create weaknesses for your opponent then you can start attacking it.

      So opponent’s do not start with weaknesses. You have to create them using the plans suggested in Winning Plan. Then you can exploit the weaknesses.

      Here is a highlighted point from YWP lesson 2: “If you want to use opponent’s weaknesses, you should open the center”

      Prasaadh | Support

      • male Gupta

        waoah thanks alot yaar superb prasahnd sir you are the best

  • Ding

    Hii Igor Smirnov, as my game progress to an endgame it becomes very difficult for me choose chess principles . In middlegame stage I am finding good moves just by sticking to principles .however I have studied your endgame expert course which means we have to restrict ourselves to 2 main plans I want to know which principles we should use more on Endgame stage ?

    • RCA_moderator

      Thanks for the question. GM Igor has a busy schedule and may not be able to answer all the questions.

      This video created by us will be useful in answering your question

      Prasaadh | Support

  • bibleexpert

    Excellent lesson! Thanks

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