A perfect attack against a castled king, Spielmann – Hoenlinger, Vienna 1929 · Middlegame Strategy 2

Attacking a castled king is a very important skill for a chess player to develop, and there are numerous attacking patterns which can be learned and then used and recognized in your own games.

This game is a perfect attack on the king, with the very important themes of including all of your pieces into the attack, trading off the opposing defending pieces, provoking weaknesses, and playing dynamically instead of wasting precious time.

Spielmann had white and played a very straightforward textbook attack against the Caro-Kann. He used the fact that black’s development was lagging, and that he could include more pieces into play with tempo.

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