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Chess Lesson: Attack the Uncastled King on F2 & F7

Kids Chess Lesson - Attack f2/f7

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Attack the King that has not castled – f2/f7 squares.

This chess lesson is about the King that has failed to castle.  The King that has failed can be attacked  in 2 different ways. One way to attack the the uncastled King is on the opened e-file which we looked at in this article. 
 
A second way to attack an uncastled King is to attack the f2/f7 square and that is the point of this chess lesson.  The reason why this attack is possible is because the f7/f2 square are the weakest square on the board because they are only protected by the King.

I will quote  Milan Vukovic in his great book “The Art of Attack”

Black’s weakest square on the board before castling is f7 (f2 for White. )  Even in the opening stages threats of a  sacrificial assault are common.

“Milan Vukovic , The Art of Attack”

 

Indeed many unsound openings are based upon a assault on the f7 square.  Take for example the Jerome Gambit which can be explored in this article by Wikipedia here.

What kind of attack is possible on f2/f7?

There are many types of attacks that can be possible when we attack f2/f7. We can attack in these ways:

  1. King Hunts
  2. Scholar Mates
  3. Knight Forks
  4. Fool’s Mates

What are  the clues that tell us when to attack f2/f7?

What do we look for to give us a hint that the possibility of an f2 f7 square attack might be possible? Here are a few hints. 

  1. Only the King is protecting the square
  2. We have more pieces in that area or more piece that can get to that area
  3. We have a piece attacking that square
  4. Sacrificing on that square can lead to a King Hunt
  5. Our opponent is blind and cannot see us attack f7.
  6. If you have a great lead in development.
  7. If our opponent is careless
  8. When our opponent moves the f7/f2 Pawn.
 
 

How to get better at f2/f7 attacks.

In order to improve our execution of f2/f7 attacks we must first always be aware of the opportunities that can happen. We should study short games and games of the old masters. They were really great at it, especially Greco.

Another great article on good, bad and ugly attacks on f2 and f7 is written by  ArnieChipmunk on chess.com and can be found by clicking here 

 Examples of f2/f7 Attacks

 1.Chess Blindness

These are example only to be used if you suspect your opponent is not very experienced.