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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

Whereas "sacrifice" is a bad word, as already was pointed out ("endangering" maybe), from the standpoint of game theory this strategy may be completely rational...if the players ...
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Why is castling seen as making the king so safe?

The f7 pawn is really only a concern for beginners. It is not easy to attack for white with many pieces and is easily defended. Generally (in the opening/middlegame) you want to surround your king ...
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Why is castling seen as making the king so safe?

Can someone explain to me why castling is so important for king safety? Kings are safest behind pawns that have not moved from their starting squares, because it's harder to create open files and ...
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Developing the king before developing most of your pieces

Don't try this at home. ;-) First of all, a simple LiChess search gives this is B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Tal Variation, i.e. it has even a name and is legit. Second, 8 games listed, ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

What checkmate in 1 might be tricky to spot? One possibility: promoting a pawn to a knight. This might work better online than over the board: the software your opponent uses might make it easier to ...
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With regards to the safety of the king when castling kingside

In praxis, a nonissue. You see a backranker coming from miles ahead. Unless you are really a beginner. But in this case, as you observed, the weakening of the king position is even worse: The backrank ...
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Capturing (almost) free piece by King

No, absolutely not. You are putting your king in check first from the Qd5. If you think about this way: Who could take the other king first since that really is what checkmate is? In this case, Kxg2 ...
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Why is g5 much better than gxh5 in this position of Anand?

With rook on g1, 13. gxh5 gives it a direct open file against the king. Wrong! The black king is not on the g file. It is on the h file and the rook on f8 is ready, if required, to come to g8 and ...
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How to improve king safety

It's a very general question, no concrete examples (where you struggle to defend) are provided in your post, and as such one cannot really answer meaningfully. However, here are some rough hints that ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

A maxim in chess is not to play a move while thinking "I hope he doesn't see it". This doesn't mean that your opponent will always spot the threat - and if they don't then congratulations on ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

Yes! It is absolutely a valid strategy in online play with fast time controls. Here (youtube link) is an example in online play between two international masters: [FEN "K/8/1R/8/8/5k/8/4qqqq w - -...
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How to improve king safety

Apart from very obvious advice, e.g. an early castling. Believe me, I know my castling well. The first thing to note is that early castling is only recommended to complete beginners and in ...
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Why is castling seen as making the king so safe?

Most chess activity in the opening is through or related to the centre. With your king still in the centre, you overtly expose him to attack. Castling makes safe your king, in general. Most openings ...
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Why does Stockfish evaluates the trade of a B vs N that bad, while the trade has the King in the open and doubles pawns?

You seem to have made some random repetition moves Ra1-Re1 and Ra8-Rb8 before this position, so that Ra1 would be a draw as indicated by your graphic. This makes no sense otherwise, because Ra1 hangs ...
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When to weaken king's position to attack opponent's king with pawns?

Abstract questions hardly ever have final answers in chess. Specific threats will always take precedence over deeper strategic concepts. Still: You're right in your principles. For example if the ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

Further to existing answers, another sort of checkmate in 1 that might be tricky to spot is checkmate by discovered check.
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