Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : How to Protect Your King in a Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : How to Protect Your King in a Chess Game


King safety. Since the game is over when the
king is captured, it’s obviously important to make sure at all time that your king is
in a safe of a position as possible. And one way of doing this is by castling. Castling
does get your king off the center square, it does get it in a safer position out of
the way in the corner where it is more difficult for an opponent to attack. And I’ve shown
here what is a very good position with the pawns to defend your king which is simply
the three pawns in front of it being in their original positions. That is a good strong
position and it is not easy to attack the king like that. This is also playable and
is sometimes used but its probably not quite as good as this position. Now the position
is further enhanced if you have a knight on this bishop’s three square. That will give
further strength to your position notice that the knight is defending the pawn here. Now
an even stronger way of building a defense in front of the king, is by having a bishop
on the knight’s two square. Now that position as it now stands is an extremely difficult
position for an opponent to attack your king.

6 thoughts on “Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : How to Protect Your King in a Chess Game

  1. my father has always been a decent chess player (not competitive) I have never been able to defeat him. he just plays around, slowly gets the upperhand, not even playing seriously. but after watching these vids, I seem to get better and better, defeating my father every now and then. He says I have a rather defensive strategy. I seem to be able to lure him into attacking positions like the one in this vid. And then he always seems to lose more pieces than me. then I find a new defensive position

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