King Stuck in the Center

Your King will get “stuck” in the center of the board if you leave castling too late. A King in the center of the board is very likely to come under attack, and it will often finish the game quickly. This is especially true if there is an open file against the King on which the opponent has placed a rook or two.

The way to avoid this problem is to develop your pieces and castle early. It is almost always better to castle than to leave the King in the center. Sometimes you might delay castling by a few moves, but usually you should castle early, and almost always you should castle in every game. Positions where the King is best left in the center are very rare. The King is almost always safest in one of the corners.

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