1. The attacker should have more pieces around the enemy king than there are defenders.
2. There are open lines to the enemy king.
3. The attacker should generally mass his forces towards the enemy king.
4. There should be some weaknesses in the enemy king's position.
5. The attacker should prevent counter attacks especially in the centre.
These factors will be examined again and again throughout the year, irrespective of the type of attack so it is important to remember these points. For attacks to be successful, at least 2 of the above points should be aimed for.
This week we looked at some games where one side had their king in the centre. This is a typical target, and we looked at a few examples, both modern and classic. These can be re examined by downloading a database in the squad review section. The database is saved in pgn format and you will need a program to view it (though hopefully Chesskids will have our own program soon). The program I am recommending is called ChessDB and can be downloaded for free. Once you have the program you should download the attacks pgn and another you should have is the games from the 2012 Australian Junior Championships which can be downloaded from tornelo. A little test for you which will be easy if you've downloaded the database program and the pgn files:
In the Australian Junior pgn:
1. Who was white in game 58?
2. What was the result of game 405?
3. What was the opening of game 799?