Originally posted by DanFaggella
Another little issue I didn't see in any past threads. Lets say I am playing as black. A normal King side fianchette has a pawn at: h7,g6,f7, as well as a bishop in the middle at g7. Sometimes I end up with a structure very similar, only my pawn at h7 is at h5.
1) To me, this structure is a bit fun because my sheltered bishop has 2 ranks to switch in ...[text shortened]... a bad structure or what?
2) Are queen side fianchettes as popular as king side fianchettes?
1) It's okay, but generally you want to avoid moving your kingside pawns as much as possible. One reason is that you create space behind the in which your opponent can slip pieces. The other is that the farther advanced your pawns are, the faster your opponent can trade them off for his pawns and attack your open king. I'd generally avoid it, but if your opponent is in no position to attack your king, I wouldn't worry too much about doing it. However, you don't want to waste a move either doing something uncessary.
2) I'd say kingside ones are more popular. I'm not sure of the reason, but perhaps it's because the king is very safe behind one and they allow quick castling.