Mastery: Attacking

Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

Find out how the best players catch their opponents' kings!

Do you want to learn how to rip open the opponent's defenses like the world's best players? Join IM Keaton Kiewra as he demonstrates some of the great attacks of today's top players. Witness fantastic games played by players such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Pentala Harikrishna, Leinier Domínguez and more!

  • Learn how to checkmate castled king!
  • Learn how World Champion Carlsen escaped against a devastating attack!


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  • Storming the Castle - Part 1

    A quiet, preventative move can be the key ingredient to prepare a powerful attack. See how a quiet move prepared GM Harikrishna's brilliant avalanche against GM Nakamura's king. The pawn structure is similar to the famous game Karpov-Gligoric, Leningrad...

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Storming the Castle - Part 2

    Coach Keaton has two more kingside attacks for you. One is the traditional opposite-side castling pawn storm. The h-file is ripped open, but White relies on a clever deflection to break through. The second assault on the king comes via a speculative minor...

    • 23 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Storming the Castle - Part 3

    Despite being close several times, Nakamura famously made many attempts before his first classical win against Magnus Carlsen. In Zurich 2014, he built a formidable battery on the h-file, but did he have the Swiss precision to finally grab his first win?...

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
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