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57_Middlegames with opposite castling
Compiled by whiteshark

<Opposite Side Castling Attack.<>>

Often in the game opponents castle their Kings in different directions. Playing with opposite castling is fundamentally different from one-side castling. When we castle on the same flank, we mainly develop our attack with the help of pieces: pawns are rarely involved in this case. It is quite different when we castle opposite way: here the attacker could push his pawns forward. Such a pawn storm with the opposite castling is the typical strategy: the pawns are "cheap" chess material, and is most advantageous to use them in order to destroy the enemy's position; even when we have to sacrifice pawns, that is done to achieve open files for our heavy pieces.

< Here a few simple principles to remember :

< Attack will be successful when your storming pawns help you get the initiative, and force your opponent into following the defending strategy instead of counterattacking.

< Planning your pawn storm, you must take into account two important factors :control over the center and pieces development. The attack won't be successful without our pieces fast mobilization.

< Try to open files against your opponent's King rapidly, using the weak spots in your opponent's position.

If your pieces are far away from attacking the opponent's king, then try to bring them as close as possible to the position of the enemy king's, so that they can effectively use the results of the assault and the breakout. >>>

These are, of course, the main and general principles to follow. Each position has its own specific characteristics, but these considerations may help with solving problems arising during the struggle.

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