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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 TacticsThink of a rat trap. It has scrumptious cheese to lure an unsuspecting rat in. Once it’s inside, the gate snaps shut and the poor rodent is caught! Decoys work in much the same fashion. You lure a piece onto a particular square where you […]

December 1, 2020
Tactics 101: Deflections & Overloading

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series TacticsDeflections I am a big Merlin fan and the my favorite episodes involved Merlin outsmarting the Camelot guards. On several occasions Merlin needs to sneak past the guards to visit the Great Dragon or free Arthur from the dungeon. One time, at the entrance to […]

November 30, 2020
Tactics 101: The Incredible Intermezzo (a.k.a. Zwischenzug)

This entry is part 12 of 11 in the series Tactics“For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression.” – Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. The Intermezzo truly shows a chess player’s artistic side. Using it effectively in battle is the highest sign of chess […]

October 5, 2020
Tactics 101: Meet the Double Check

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series TacticsDouble Check Double checks are an epic tactic that can lead to instantaneous checkmate. A double check is a discovered attack except both pieces check the King. To get out of check, you can either take the checking piece, block the check, or move the […]

October 3, 2020
Tactics 101: Windmill of Destruction

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series TacticsA windmill is a very special type of discovered attack that you can use to win lots of material. Definition-wise: a windmill is a repetitive discovered attack on the King using the same piece, to force the King to shuffle back and forth helplessly. There […]

September 30, 2020
Tactics 101: Skewers – the Backward Pin

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series TacticsBackground From all tactics, the skewer is perhaps one of the deadliest as it almost guarantees you will win material.  A skewer is basically a backwards pin. Whereas a less valuable piece is pinned to a more valuable piece in a pin, in a skewer […]

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