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Questions tagged [king-safety]

For questions specifically aimed at discussing the safety of a king in the opening and middlegame, e.g. after castling and related to pushing pawns in front of the king.

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How to improve king safety

I really wish to improve my chess skills a bit, albeit I am pretty sure that I do not want to become a grandmaster. One of my problem is my king's safety. Chess is very different from some other ...
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Why is castling seen as making the king so safe?

I'm an amateur chess player. I was reading an article about how f7 is such a vulnerable square and how castling makes the king safe and attacks on F7 no longer worrisome. But looking at it, I am ...
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Willingly giving up castling rights in the opening?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 I've seen the Ukrainian/Old Indian Defence played in several GM games before 1970, and was wondering what black gained from willingly giving up castling rights ...
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Playing Kb1(b8) immediately after O-O-O

I'm curious about this move duo. I see this quite a bit, and I'm trying to figure out under which conditions that playing Kb1(b8) is normally preferred. In some openings, such as the Sicilian Dragon,...