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December 7, 2020
Tactics 101: Devious Decoy Sacrifices – Baiting the Wins
This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Decoy sacrifices are so effective they result in almost insta-wins. There are two steps to the decoy sacrifice: 1] Lure piece onto square 2] Spring a tactic to win it, other material, or checkmate. Decoys are close relatives to deflections. The difference:  Decoy: Lure a piece onto a key square Deflection: Lure a […]

December 1, 2020
Tactics 101: Deflections & Overloading
This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Deflection: Lure a piece away from a key square or defensive task. Strike while it’s on vacation. Overloading: when one piece has too many defensive tasks, it can’t complete all of them. Deflections are similar to decoy sacrifices. The difference:  Decoy: Lure a piece onto a key square Deflection: Lure a piece away […]

November 30, 2020
Tactics 101: The Incredible Intermezzo (a.k.a. Zwischenzug)
This entry is part 12 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Intermezzo, or zwischenzug,  means an “in-between” move. Usually an in-between check – after the opponent is forced to get out of check, you resume your original plan. Effectively using the intermezzo is the highest signs of chess mastery. “For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self […]

October 5, 2020
Tactics 101: Meet the Double Check
This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS A discovered attack except both pieces check the King! Enemy King can only escape check by moving out of the way  Can’t block two checks simultaneously Can’t take two checking pieces at once If the King can’t move, then it’s checkmate! Sadly triple checks are impossible 🙁 Double Check Double checks are an […]

October 3, 2020
Tactics 101: Windmill of Destruction
This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Also called the “see saw” – a repetitive discovered attack on the King that can win lots of material for free. Most common example: Have a Rook on g2/g7 and a Bishop on the long diagonal Move your Rook (and take a piece) to unleash a discovered attack on the King. Then move […]

September 30, 2020
Tactics 101: Skewers – the Backward Pin
This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Tactics

KEY TAKEAWAYS Skewers are like backward pins – a valuable piece is forced to move, leaving a piece behind it to be taken Skewers occur infrequently but are extremely powerful Only Bishops, Rooks, and Queens can skewer Background From all tactics, the skewer is perhaps one of the deadliest as it almost guarantees you will […]

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