Attacking the Castled King: Open File versus Pawn Lever

If you’re attacking the king in the position below, what’s the better asset: an open g-file or the g-pawn lever? According to Vukovic’s The Art of Attack, the g-pawn lever is more powerful than the open file, perhaps because White no longer has a dark-square bishop to attack h6. Hence Vukovic advises the second move order: 1. h3 …, preparing 2. g4.

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3 Responses to Attacking the Castled King: Open File versus Pawn Lever

  1. chesstiger says:

    The position where you play g4 is called a bayonet attack but is more efficient when there is a knight on f6 since after g5 black can play h5 (if no knight on f6)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent addition to the chunk, Chesstiger. Thanks muchly!

  3. LaurentS says:

    Great insight. Didn’t know that but with your explanations (and Vukovic’s), it makes complete sense :-)

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