How do you punish an opponent who waits too long to castle?
By opening the e-file and pouncing with his rook, queen and both bishops, coach skunkfrog never gives Black a chance to cover up his king.
Stick around till the end of the video to solve a tricky mate-in-six!
When is castling a terrible idea?
Coach Skunkfrog gives you the warning signs that castling could become a catastrophe!
Learn about the dangers of castling under a pseudo-pin, where the pinned piece can legally move, but only at great material loss.
Coach Skunkfog shows you how to pile up the pressure on these pinned pieces to attack the castled king.
Sometimes castling actually brings your king into danger, rather than taking him to safety. What's the biggest warning sign? If you've opened up a file, make sure that castling doesn't tempt your opponent's rooks to come after you. Today Skunkfrog shows you a perfect example of this, complete with a checkmate in 5. Learn his idea, and also stay until the end to find his long mating pattern!
For the next installment of SkungFrog's series, he shows you an opening mistake in the Caro-Kann. White gets a big lead in development, and Black doesn't see the warning signs (but you will!). After castling queenside, two beautiful checkmates occur. See if you can find them before SkungFrog shows you!
Coach Skunkfrog is back with a story of a teammate who didn't know a common pattern in chess. When all of your pieces are on one side of the board, and you castle on the other, only bad things can happen. Specifically, when you're missing the usual knight on f3, your king will be left without his best friend. Watch Black's queen, bishop and knight form an unbeatable trio!
Castling is good, right? Well, yes, usually. But all rules have exceptions. Today the SkunkFrog is back with a new series. He shows you that when all four minor pieces are on one side of the board, perhaps you shouldn't tuck your king away on the other half! You'll see some in-depth analysis of the Greek Gift. If you want to be a master, you have to know the Classics!
A crushing attack against the Sicilian! Watch how fast development overcomes even the loss of both center pawns. There's a tough puzzle position for you to solve (hint: think about which square is Black's weak spot). White gets open lines everywhere as Skunkfrog brings an end to his series on attacking kings that forgot to castle!
Ever wonder how you can attack as Black, even after your opponent opens with his queen's pawn? Look no further - Coach Skunkfrog shows a game where he demolishes White in fewer than 15 moves. There are open files and diagonals everywhere, and plenty of discovered attacks to go around. And why oh why is White's queen on b8?!
The Scotch Gambit is one of the most popular openings in scholastic chess, and today the SkunkFrog shows us two examples of the same game! That's right, two different students, five years apart, won a game with almost the exact same moves. Don't be too greedy - tuck your king away when you get the chance or you may be the third player that the SkunkFrog's students beat!
As Black, are you wondering how to avoid the famous Fried Liver Attack? If so, SkunkFrog is your man. Or, he is at least your wise hybrid animal! He will show you how to meet this quick attack on f7, and how to actually counterattack your opponent on his weak spot. Watch and see how to turn the hunter into the hunted, and don't forget to castle!