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slvrcvc ♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 )
attacking a fianchetto forgive me but i am new to chess compared to most of the players here. Is there any general strategies or tactics on breaking up a fianchetto? for example a fianchetto on the kingside w/ the king castled behind the fianchetto
soikins ♡ 54 ( +1 | -1 )
Hard to tell It's a general question, it depends on the position.
But there are couple of ideas.
Agressive ideas againsts, let's say black bishop on g7: white may place his black bishop on e3, Queen on d2 and then try to exchange the black bishop via Bh6 and Bxg7. Or he can play moves like h4-h5 to open the H file ant attack the opponents king.
Calm play against a fianchetto includes limitation of the fiancettoed bishop. for example: white has a fianchetto bishop on g2. Black will place his pawns on d5 and c6, so the black bishop is gonna attack a rock solid pawn chain.
spurtus ♡ 73 ( +1 | -1 )
I play double fianchetto positions all the time, and I find that the best attacks on a kingside fianchetto castled position are typically best executed by attack straight down the rook file.

Enemy rook firing down the the rook file, or play the rook pawn forward two even sac it and double pawn attacks can be very evil.

Strangely knights never usually seem to play much part in such attacks.

As for soikins idea of the bishop exchange, which I see most frequently, the usual best plan for the fianchettoed player is to allow the bishop to take and take back with the king, the king remains still in a strong defense though.


honololou ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
I preferů the Tonya Harding manuevre. I reach under the table and whack my opponent on the
knee with a lead pipe. He'll think twice before he fianchettos that other bishop. This
technique tends to work best in OTB.
anaxagoras ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
The positional follow up of soikins suggestion is to advance your g-pawn to g5 and thereby lock-down the strong points f6 and h6. A Knight is useful at e4 or g4, in order to occupy the points f6 or h6 and attack the weak f7 or h7 pawn, in conjunction with the Queen or Rook.
achillesheel ♡ 44 ( +1 | -1 )
Good Advice Funny how things come around. I have faced a fianchetto in several recent games, and I tried soikins advice. I have been happy with the immediate results. Only now do I see anaxagoras's additional advice, which I plan to try and incorporate. I add that as soon as I am positioned to make the attack, I try to maneuver my pawns so that my remaining bishop is my "good" one.
soikins ♡ 2 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm glad I could be of assistance.
spurtus ♡ 91 ( +1 | -1 )
I found a little gem on attacking a fianchetto the other day in a book, cant remember the name of the book right now, but can find out if of interest to anybody.

The interesting thing about maintaining the pressure of a fianchetto on its diagonal is apparently is to CLOSE IT YOURSELF!... but to close it where you command more of the diagonal than your opponent. Especially good to do this if the opponent does a diagonally opposite fianchetto with the view to neutralise it at some point. Anyway apparently an advanced pawn way down the diagonal can yield double edged and discovered attacks later.

Also not I'm not 100% on this yet but pawns on the adjacent diagonals apparently strengthen the power you exert down the long diagonal too.

My own tip on *neutralising* the fianchetto is to look for ways to lock central pawns of either colour on the long diagonal, usually very easy to do this, but maintaining the pawns in this formation is difficult and can be dangerous.

soikins ♡ 111 ( +1 | -1 )
Hmmm... your own pawn on the fianchettoed bishops diognal isn't always a good thing...
For example white pawn on d5 and a bishop on g2. d5 pawn limits the scope of the bishop, thus reducing it's power. However it can become a tactical weapon, thought not in the games of strong players, who do knw how to deal with this tactical "threat" -- they simply block the pawn.
I myself only recently came to conclusion that this kind of formation (pawn d5 and bishop on g2) actually isn't quite a good choice, previosly I thought that the well protected pawn on d5 is a positional plus, because it limits my opponent. In some cases it is so, but mostly it is not...
A much better structure (from the g2 bishops point of view) would be pawns on d3 and c4, with the knight on d5 or e4 (even better -- on both), thus creating a diognall forepost (quite nicely analysed in Nimzowitch "My System in Prexis"). The plan in this position would be the pawn advance on the queenside via b4, a4, b5 and so on. The finachettoed bishob is a boerfull piece in these kind of positions. This strategy occures in the English Opening and also in Reti Opening).