Lesson 1 - Tactics
- Fork (Double-attack)
- Skewer (X-Ray)
- Removing the Defender
In chess, you will use many tactics in the appropriate time to achieve your goal(s) (= strategy). Before using them, you need to learn them first in order to identify such opportunities. Many say, that chess is only about tactics, well that's right. But what you learn here are only "direct tactics" or direct-solution-bringing tactics in which an enemy piece will fall or will be shut down (pin), while most of the time you will need to make "indirect tactic"-moves to improve your position, create outposts, preparing an invasion etc. For beginners, "indirect tactics" are moves which in most cases doesn't make any sense but we will go through some of them once I feel I'm ready to teach them. So learning these tactics in Lesson 1 won't make you play extremly well, but better to go into war with something in your hands than going with nothing eh? These Lessons are about arming your brain to compete against other brains.
PLEASE NOTE: Every set-up of pieces/positions in every example and task, may seem not realistic, can be wrong, inaccurate. Remember it's only about, what it's about. Finding forks, skewers etc.! If there is something wrong what prevents you from finding the solution, please message me so I can modify it. Thank you!
PLEASE NOTE 2: After each introduction on the tool, there will be a link leading you to chessopedia for more info.
1.1 The Fork
The fork is a "double-attack", a piece of yours which attacks two pieces of your opponent. A very powerful move in which the opponent will 'hopefully' have to let down one of his pieces. (Click here for chessopedia info)
Task 1 - Black to move and find a fork
Task 2 - White to move and find a fork
Task 3 - White to move and find a fork
Task 4 - White to move and find a fork
Task 5 - White to move and find a fork
1.2 The Skewer
What is a skewer? You attack a high value piece (King, Queen, Rook) which stands between you and your real target. The Opponent is forced to retreat and sacrifice one of his pieces. It's called "X-Ray", aiming a target through a high value piece which the opponent likely will move to safety and sacrifice. (Click here for chessopedia info)
Task 1 - White to move and find a skewer
Task 2 - White to move and find a skewer
Task 3 - White to move and find a skewer
Task 4 - White to move and find a skewer
Task 5 - White to move and find a skewer
1.3 The Pin
When pinning a piece, we do the opposite of a skewer. With a pin, we don't make a high value piece go so you can take the one behind it, we do shut the opponents minor piece down because of the high value piece he covers. (Click here for Chessville info)
Task 1 - Black to move and find a pin
Task 2 - White to move and find a pin
Task 3 - White to move and find the move after a pin (Pin already in effect! Get introduced to the effects of a pin!)
Task 4 - White to move and find a rescuing pin
Task 5 - White to move and find a pin
1.4 Removing the Defender
If a piece is task with defending another piece or position etc., it can be vulnerable to attacks and meanwhile the piece or position etc. will suffer cause of the abscene of the defender. (Click here for Chessguru.net info)
Task 1 - White to move and remove the defender by force/by decoying
Task 2 - White to move and remove the defender by taking.
Task 3 - White to move and remove the defender by chasing.
Task 4 - White to move and remove the defender by screening.
Task 5 - Black to move and remove the defender plus an additional tactic