Understanding before Moving 10: Hunting the king - Part 2

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1/18/2021 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the tenth part of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving" Herman continues to explore ways to hinder the opponent's development. | Photo: Hans Hoornstra

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Understanding before Moving 10: Hunting the king - Part 2

An effective way to gain an advantage in the opening is to prevent the opponent from castling. As we saw in the previous episode, a king in the center of the board can be attacked quite quickly by enemy pieces. 

However, a second point of view must be taken into account. Sometimes, by preventing the opponent's castle, one is unable to bring the pieces into play quickly.

It's not always easy to activate a rook. With which strong move in the diagrammed position can White prevent Black from castling short?

 

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