Originally posted by ChessJester
There are many players out there who seem to think that castling early is a good idea. This idea even seems to controll their opening choices. Have you ever won a game where your opponent castled but you did not?
Post your games! I want to see games where the victor never cowers in the corners! Thanks!
Here is one I recently finished. Ruy lop ...[text shortened]... weakness in my white squares on the queenside because white traded his white-squared bishop!
I'll assume that you haven't read the Art of Attack in Chess by Vukovic - Castling isn't always best, but if the person that doesn't castle leaves the point f2 or f7 weak, or puts the queen in front of their king on a half open or open e file while the opponent has a rook on the e file, things can get pretty messy.
In the given game white shows a severe lack of understanding in how to conduct an attack down the e file. Re1 would have been a great move anywhere from moves 6-8 (Maybe more, I don't remember the board and I'm using IE so it's hard to check back and forth) and plays d3, which seems improper considering that the d pawn could have been used effectively to blast open the e file and put pressure on black's uncastled king. Beyond this white never comes close to putting significant pressure on f7, and doesn't seem to have a plan.
EDIT: And white dropped a piece, it's much easier to win when you're a piece up...