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jeffreydot ♡ 36 ( +1 | -1 )
castling I have heard [or read] that there are times when castling is unecessary....such as... an early queen exchange. I was curious to know what all of you think about this. Are there any circumstances in which you would not castle [if you have the option obviously]

Thanks
jeffreydot
qistnix ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
castling the other idea is not to castle in order to be able to play pawn h2-h4-h5 (as white ofcourse) to attack the enemy kingside when the h-pawn is supported by the Rook.

I can't think of another reason NOT to castle really.

And ofcourse when you can play a forced mate in 3... :)
soikins ♡ 92 ( +1 | -1 )
castling IMO you shouldn't castle too early, you should do it only when it is really necessary or when you don't have any other better move. Castling is an interesting psychological move, often it is done automatically and it is followed by the same action by opponent. 0-0 0-0 is one of the most popular move sequences, opponents exchange castling moves automatically, like thinking -- "ok, now we castle and then let's think what to do." In some openings delaying castling is the only way to get the advantage as white.

For example Zukertort opening:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. b3 Nc6 6. Bb2 Bd6 7. Nb-d2 white often castles on move 6 or 7, but that is a mistake, because it loses a valuable tempo in the fight for e5 point.

And as qistnix pointed out, the h2-h4-h5 idea is also a good reason not to castle in some variations.

Shortly, my point is -- you should always consider if the castling is necessary and shouldn't play it automatically. Castle with mind not with hands :)
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philaretus ♡ 34 ( +1 | -1 )
If you reach the endgame.... ......before you've had time to castle (as sometimes happens), then castling is usually not appropriate: you want to keep the King in the centre, and this may actually give you an advantage over an opponent whose King is away from the action. In such cases, you will see players moving Ke2 in order to let the rook get out, or some similar move.
badhorse ♡ 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Best move You should always make the best move possible. If that move is to castle, then castle. If not, make another move. But have a reason for that move. Now, if I only knew what the best move was.....
bonsai ♡ 46 ( +1 | -1 )
In endgames that occur before one castles it often makes sense not to castle at all, e.g. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qa5 10.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 11.Qd2 Qxd2+ Here white clearly wants to play 12.Kxd2 and his active king will be useful in the middle of the board. 12.Nxd2 would be just feeble.

With queens on the board it is obviously feasible, too, but much more risky (but sometimes the only/best thing one can do).
ccmcacollister ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Some variations of the Sicilian in particular, it is wise for Bl to delay o-o such as in a Dragon, or Najdorf, in some lines. And in the latter BL may even find it good to o-o-o at times.
I've had a couple good games in that.
For a real "out of the book" Wt may delay o-o-o in the Yugoslav (Rauser) Attack vs the Dragon, and actually step Kf2 if BL Q-side action is very advanced and Rf8 has moved already. Best tried at blitz first :)
chuckventimiglia ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
In many games but especially.... the French I never do castle. As said above
especially if there is an early Queen exchange
then my King becomes a "fighting piece". I usually
will not castle but try to manuever my King
mid board so that in the endgame my king is advanced
and can join in the fight. Just my opinion, it has
worked well for me in the past. Chuck