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How should I have decided which side to attack on?

I played black and was a pawn up. My plan was to castle on the opposite side from white's king, then use my majority on that side to pawn storm him. So on the turn shown below, I was about to castle ...
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Why is it a good idea to fianchetto above the castled King? If I do that, should I make sure to leave the Bishop there for a while to guard the hole?

I understand why fianchettoing can be helpful, even deadly to an opponent, but should it really be done on the side which the King castles into? I realize that the King's Indian Defense/Attack ...
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What are pros and cons around banning castling?

Vladimir Kramnik has proposed on chess.com that castling be banned for the good of the game. What are the kinds of objective points that might be made for & against this idea? Based on these, do ...
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Is opposite-side castling an advantage?

I am a methodical chess player (https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-players/types-of-chess-players) and I tend to work things out as I go along. I don't know any openings and tend to improvise the ...
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What should I do about the dilemma of castling early?

OK, it has been said that one of the opening fundamentals is to castle early, but I have a dilemma with this and it may very well be a natural dilemma that has to be dealt with or there many be signs ...
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About castling “fights”

Today I played as White in an interesting bullet game in which a strange “fight” occurred. [FEN ""] 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 g6 5. Be3 Bg7 6. Nc3 Qe7 7. Qd2 Nc6 8. a3 a5 9. h3 h5 10. Qe2 ...
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When is castling possible?

Is castling possible if any of the squares involved in the castling are under attack, or is this a problem only if the squares moved through by the king are under attack and not the ones moved through ...
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Official rules for castling in Chess960? (Is there a loophole?)

Note: this is another rules-lawyering question. I first ask for an official source I am calling into question the phrasing of the rules. Then I consider a few plausibly official sources, and point ...
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Is castling possible with a pawn promoted to a rook?

I was thinking about some rules and I came up with a really nice question. Is it possible to castle with a pawn promoted to a rook? If the rules are followed-neither the king or the new rook has ...
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Castling during the endgame

Are there any famous games where castling occurred during the endgame?
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When should you trade to prevent castling?

The main question I have is about a game I played. What do I need to know about how to take a piece so that my opponent's king can no longer castle? In the following game, I played Bxd2+ to do so. ...
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How important is castling? How much is it worth?

Are there some statistical values for the worth of castling? Are there some numbers, for example in centipawn that can represent the value of castling?
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Using the king to prevent castling

What is a more difficult problem which involves using the king to prevent castling than the following problem? White to play and win: [FEN "r3k3/5p2/2K2P1P/b1N1P2P/8/8/4n3/8 w q - 0 1"]
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How can you castle legally in Chess960 when the castling rook is on the king's destination square?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 4.4 If a player having the move: 4.4.1 touches his king and a rook he must castle on that side if it is legal to do so 4.4.2 deliberately touches a rook and ...
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Is there a faster way to do horizontal castling checkmate?

Horizontal: wherein the rook attacks down a rank. I have composed horizontal castling checkmates for both the queenside and kingside. Is there any possible way to make these mates go any faster? ...
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What is the fastest vertical castling checkmate for both the kingside and the queenside?

Vertical: wherein the rook attacks down a file. Since I like to know fast ways to do theoretical objectives in chess, I wish to know the fastest possible castling checkmate, for both queenside and ...
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What would chess openings be like without castling and/or the double pawn move?

Chess has a fairly elegant set of rules, but it has two rather ugly "rules hacks" in it: Pawns can move two squares forward, but only on their first move, and have the rather ugly rule of en passant ...
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Does permanent loss of castling rights reset three fold repetition

Threefold repetition requires that the same "potential for moves". For example, if a En Passant could be played in one position but not another, it does not count as the same position. With respect ...
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Rules: How does right to castle and en passant get considered for the purpose of calculating a threefold repetition?

I'm writing a chess app, and have some questions regarding the intricacies of the threefold repetition rules. As of 2018, the FIDE handbook has this to say about what constitutes identical positions ...
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Minimal number of moves before castling in 960 chess

As you know, in chess 960, in the initial position, the king lies between the two rooks. Here are also the rules for castling. The question is: For a starting position position P, let n(P) be the ...
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Castling, is it necessary to take it?

I've got a simple question, that I'm having difficulty finding an answer for... If it is possible to castle (I know the conditions for it), and I decide to move the king to the square where it would ...
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FIDE threefold repetition and possible moves [closed]

FIDE rules section 9.2 says: Positions are considered the same if and only if the same player has the move, pieces of the same kind and colour occupy the same squares and the possible moves of ...
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Threefold repetition in view of castling rights

In view of castling rights, an aspiring rules lawyer could ask: when does threefold repetition support a draw claim? Technical example: [fen ""] [title "Illustration of castling rights"] [startply "...
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When is it legal to castle moving the rook first?

As a follow on from the question Is it legal to castle with a "ghost" rook: When is it legal (according to the FIDE Laws of Chess) to castle moving the rook first?
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Professional match where neither player castles?

Are there any professional matches from serious players where neither player castles during the course of the game?
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How to castle two times in a game

A simple question: Assuming that I'm playing as White, how can I castle twice in a game? I've asked myself this question after seeing the following game from Tim Krabbe's chess records "Greatest ...
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Is it valid according the FIDE chess rule? [duplicate]

From FIDE Law of Chess, article 3.8, it is stated as: Now, coming to My game vs killin_pieces on lichess.org : After move 9, situation was something like this: b1 was threatened by my opponent's ...
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Is it possible to castle with checkmate?

I am new to chess. Please answer this for me: Is it possible to castle with checkmate?
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Is short castling dangerous in Bughouse?

When I play Bughouse, I see that, every single time after a castling, petty sacrifices can easily be break the wall that surrounds the king,Therefore, is it really worth castling, especially short ...
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Why was castling bad for white in this game, and engine strongly prefered trading queens?

I'm a novice player, trying to improve. In the following game I played as white recently on chess.com, I analysed afterwards and my worst move of the game was apparently when I castled. The engine ...
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Does the MacBook chess game program not allow castling?

I have gotten back to learning chess, and I started using the chess game program on my 2015 MacBook Pro. Last night I wanted to castle, but it would not allow me to do so. I was white by the way. ...
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Is castling a king move or a rook move?

Most computer chess games consider castling to be a king move. You click on the king and it shows an option to castle. What do the FIDE's rules say about this though? Is castling a king move, a rook ...
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Why is it illegal to castle with both hands?

I was watching the match between Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Hikaru Nakamura and Nakamura used both hands to castle. Why is it illegal to castle using both hands? What's wrong with that?
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Is it legal to castle by tipping the rook with the king?

Nakamura castles with two hands. But I saw one of my students taking their king and "tipping" their rook towards f1. Is this USCF/FIDE legal?
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How often does castling occur in grandmaster games?

May I know how to find in all grandmaster games, what the percentage of each of the following is? Kingside castling Queenside castling Never castled by the end of the game but still has the right to ...
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Why is castling through and out of check prohibited?

Why is castling disallowed when the king is in check or when the square the rook will be placed on is under attack? What is the rationale behind this ruling?
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Plans for black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon

What are the plans for Black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon? Very broadly speaking I am thinking of two plans. Go for a King's Indian like kingside attack with e5 played at a ...
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Opening Systems for White which enable long castling

In general as White, I prefer to long castle and then start attacking with kingside pawn storm. Everytime, I hope that my opponent lets me do it. For instance, when I play 1 d4 (or 1 c4) I hope my ...
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Why does not castling reset 50 moves rule?

Capturing a piece or moving a pawn irreversibly changes the state of the game and thus resets the counter for 50 Moves Rule. Since castling and first rook move irreversible changes state of the game ...
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chess24 castling rules

Can someone exaplain to me, why on chess24.com white cannot castle in the situation in the picture? King never moved, neither did either of the rooks. When the queen was moved to d2 castling was not ...
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Chess960 vs. Chess480 castling moves? Which is better?

In the chess variants Chess960 (aka Fischer Random Chess) and Chess480 the castling moves are radically different. Do the castling rules in Chess960 favor established FIDE Chess players more than ...
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Is preventing an opponent from castling considered an advantage?

All else being equal, if you have forced your opponent to move their king, thus preventing castling, would that be considered an advantage?
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Draws, castling rights, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

A question of rulebook pedantry: Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. As you know, the Laws have long allowed a player to claim a draw by repetition. The July 2014 Laws, ...
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Is castling legal in this position? [duplicate]

Black to move in a game I just played. My rival and I were wondering about castling. Exactly: White bishop in D6 threatens B8. Is legal for black to make long (queen) castle? (Black king and rooks ...
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Why is it common to castle right after the opponent castles?

After watching many chess games, I've noticed that many players castle right after their opponent castles. Is this a coincidence? Or is there an unspoken benefit of this? Edit: And by right after I ...
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Why can't the king castle in this position?

In a video I'm watching (requires register), with this setup, the instructor says The king cannot escape, he cannot castle king side or queen side, because of the white's pressure on e7 [...]. ...
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What are good defenses of black King with Bishop on f8 or g7?

As black, I like to return my dark square Bishop to the King after castling short. I want to develop my skills in defending that position. In what openings does it occur? And how should one in ...
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Would it be a decisive advantage, if the opponent would not be allowed to castle?

Suppose, you play a normal chess game, with the only exception that the opponent is not allowed to castle, but you are. Do you have a decisive advantage ?
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Is a loss of two pawns worth the negation of opponents castling?

Consider a move where a bishop takes a pawn and gives check but without any defense, so the King can take the bishop. In many openings there is a opportunity in the first moves to do so. Can this ...
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Which side should I castle if I have opportunity to castle on both sides?

It's a little bit confusing for me to make good decisions when I have opportunity to castle on both sides. Can somebody explain what are the factors should be considered if we have opportunity to ...