15131 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Here is a position that cropped up in a game I played recently. I have a couple of questions; which way should I have castled and how do you decide which side is best for castling? In the game I reasoned that black had less pieces king side and so I castled short. This was more of a guess than anything. Any pointers would be appreciated
I would have castled kingside too. A couple other reasons that would sway me-- Black's King is currently Queenside and can't castle, so I'd like both of my Rooks Queenside without my King in the way. Also, even though it's not a problem at the moment, the pawn structure leaves the White Queenside back rank vulnerable to diagonal attacks, and Black still has both Bishops. If you castled Queenside right now, ...Bg5 would lose you your Queen.
EDIT: Whoops, no, you could play f4 to save your Queen, but the diagonals are still a problem down the road.
I would not have castled at all but I would have played Bf7, winning at least a pawn. Castling afterwards I might go for short as well. Leaving the queen and king on the same diagonal after 0-0-0 might be dangerous...
First of all, 0-0-0 does not lose to Bg5, since white plays f4. Still 0-0-0 does not appeal to me. I agree with Florisz' assessment, play Bf7 ad get a decent advantage, and keep your king in the center for now.
chess word game!
by chessgm8 3 minutes ago
Aggressive, tactical games to study?
by bgianis 8 minutes ago
For Deep Pockets Only-Jaques Ivory
by ROBB_CHESS 9 minutes ago
9/22/2014 - Mate in 2
by Spartan_Titans 10 minutes ago
What do you like to play with Black against e4?
by chessBBQ 11 minutes ago
Value of developing pawns to center?
by JakobMagbanua 16 minutes ago
Converting Chess.com to USCF
by Jimmykay 20 minutes ago
Fischer or Kasparov. Who's the best?
by MelvinDoucet 22 minutes ago
Defending against the Fried Livered attack and the Lolli Attack as black
by QuixoteSimmons 23 minutes ago
True or false? Chess will never be solved! why?
by The_Ghostess_Lola 24 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!