Attacking the Opponent’s King

If our opponent leaves his King in the centre of the board during the opening, sometimes we can decide the game with a quick attack on his exposed King.

In this week’s problem, Black is just about to castle on the Queen side. But if we can hurry, we can open up the position and get a winning attack.

What does White play?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White plays 1 b4 so that he can force an entry square on c7 for his Rook.

The tactical justification for it is 1 b4 a6 2 a4 Bxa4 3 Rc7 Bc6 4 Ng5 Rf8 5 Nxf7! and White wins.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.