In a game of speed chess against Dingdone of Canada, I checked his uncastled king to turn the game in my favour. In this game he played white. Here are the moves of the game along with my commentary:
1. d4 Nf6
2. Nc3 d5
White usually plays c4 here.
3. Bg5 e6
4. e4 h6
5. Bxf6 gxf6
6. exd exd
7. Bd3 Be7
With the open g-file, I do not wish to castle kingside.
8. h3 Be6
9. Nf3 Nc6
10. Bb5 Qd6
11. Qe2 0-0-0
12. Bxc6 Qxc6
Black's decision to give up another bishop is committal.
13. a3 Kb8
14. Nd2 Rhe8
15. Nb3 Bd6
My bishop now controls more squares.
16. Qb5 Bd7+
Black wants to exchange queens but I do not cooperate. I exploit the position of the uncastled king and put black in check.
17. Ne2 Qxb5
Black blocks the check with his knight but this removes the protection of his queen. A better move for black is to move the king (Kd2 connects the rooks) but even with this move, he loses a piece. Down a queen, black has no desire to continue and resigns.
Black's failure to castle is the reason for his quick loss. My sixteenth move puts him on the defensive and gives him a losing position. This game illustrates the importance of keeping the king safe.
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