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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing to keep the king from castling
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:26 pm 
jmelton wrote:
You can't really generalize about this issue. There are many opening lines where one side or the other doesn't castle (e.g., Black in several lines of the Sicilian) or gives up the right to castle and it's no big deal or in fact the king is safest in the middle. But there are also lots of positions where a king stuck in the middle is a recipe for big trouble and sacrifices of a pawn or two, or much more, are appropriate. It just depends!

The same variety of outcomes occurs with moving pawns in front of the castled king, or on the side where the king winds up castling. Sometimes it's a great idea, and sometimes it's a terrible idea.

I agee with you completely. Chess is too complex to reduce to set formaulae, like "Sac a pawn to keep the King in the center." Every position is unique. The handy aphorisms are good to remind us to look for certain motifs, but of course one must play what the position demands.


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