King Safety and the Doubled f-pawn

  • NM smarterchess
  • | Aug 15, 2013

One of the classic ways to attack a castled king in a double king pawn opening will be covered in this article - King Safety and the Doubled f-pawn.

This situation occurs in the following situation

  • Opponent's king is castled kingside
  • Opponent's f6-knight is pinned by a bishop on g5
  • Opponent's dark-squared bishop can not break the pin with ...Be7
  • Our knight can jump into d5 forcing the opponent to lose a queen or accept doubled f-pawns
  • BONUS: Opponent's pawn on h6 instead of h7

From my experience most players rated >1400 will be on the lookout for this attack and players in the 1000-1400 range may even play a premature ...h6 just to prevent it.  The usual way to take advantage of this pin is to first capture (Nxd5) followed by Bh6, Nh4 and bringing out the queen.

If you're wondering how Black can prevent this attack the best line would have been kicking the bishop with 6...h6 and if 7.Bh4 g5!  After witnessing this attack in games from two of my students in the past week I have been waiting to post an article about it.


  • 20 months ago


    I think a problem for beginners is knowing when kicking bishop with g5! Is a good move, and when reacting to a temporary pin by weakening the kingside permanently with g5? Is a bad move. Seems to me a straightforward explanation of the cost benefit analysis of that move in different openings and positions would be very useful, even to intermediate players.

  • 3 years ago


    This is good stuff to know, I'm sure it will come up in one of our games eventually too :p
    thanks for the notes.

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Candidate Master.

  • 3 years ago


    What is CM?

  • 3 years ago


    I have been playing this line on chess. com for fun sometimes as of late and I use to play 0-0 as well and get in trouble so then I looked in the game explorer as for what to do and they also said that 6. h6 is the right move and then when they move their Bishop to h4 you attack it again with g5. ;)

  • 3 years ago


    This is how I always win in the first round of big open tournaments (really always; 4/4 have fallen for this trap)

  • 3 years ago


    A very deadly pin; thankyou for the article.

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