How to Attack a King in the Center?

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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!

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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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