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Fianchettoing king's bishop

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  • Fianchettoing king's bishop

    Many openings involve (either in main line or in certain variations) fianchettoing king's bishop, but then the principle that I read about says that one should avoid and delay moving the pawns which protect the king [f-,g-,h-pawns since we castle king-side more often], so does it mean that openings which include g3 or g6 are somehow unrecommended for a beginner?
    Last edited by Vibovit; 06-11-2008, 02:41 PM. Reason: random

  • #2
    When you fianchetto in front of your castled king, that bishop takes the place of the g2 pawn in defense, and the g3 pawn then defends to squares further up (f4 and h4). So this is still a good defensive formation, as long as you avoid trading off the fianchetto bishop.

    On the other hand, that removes the possibility of using that bishop for attack, which is what beginners should be focusing on to improve.

    Personally, I never play openings with a king side fianchetto.


    "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald


    • #3
      The position with a king fianchetto can be very solid, since, as fromper points out, the bishop does the duty of the pawn. Plus the h-pawn is a little extra protected.

      But if the bishop is exchanged, the vacant squares around your king can become very weak.

      I don't recommend it for beginners because it is slower development, there are a lot of potential weaknesses, and it tends to be strategically more complex. You're not using the bishop directly in kingside attack. I'd be more inclined to recommend people try it as black, first - when you're on the defensive the extra solidity is more important, and you're not usually launching a kingside attack right away anyway.

      But it's not "wrong" in any real sense of the word.


      • #4
        Yeah, I'd say wait until you get to about 1500 to experiment w/ the kingside fianchetto.
        USCF: 2248, High: 2295
        FIDE: 2193, High: 2229
        Games Left to Analyze: 9


        • #5
          the kingside fianchetto is actually not a bad way to develop your B if it ends up blocked in...and new players have trouble attacking it


          • #6
            fianchettoing your bishop is not bad, determining if moving the pawns at f, g, h is bad or good depends on the position,
            " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

            -- Garry Kasparov--

            "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

            --- Garry Kasparov--