Pawn Forks: the David vs. Goliath of Chess
The pawn fork: fun, often game changing, sadistic. In fact the David vs. Goliath feel of a lowly pawn simultaneously hitting two far more valuable enemy pieces is one of the game’s great pleasures.
But, is the pawn fork really some rare nuclear option, or can it be a part of various scenarios ranging from violent to run-of-the-mill? Let’s take a look...
PAWN FORK IN THE OPENING
At times the fork is used early in the game, but just because you can fork pieces doesn’t mean it leads to anything.
BASIC MATERIAL GAIN
Often the pawn fork is all about winning material.
THE PAWN FORK AS AN ATTACKING THEME
Sometimes the fork is more attack-based than material-based.
BEAUTY ALERT! You are about to see some really nice stuff!
THE PAWN FORK AS RUBBISH
Sometimes the fork, as tempting as it may be, isn’t the way to go.
There are some really hard problems here. Few will solve them all, but the idea is not to stroke your ego. Instead, learn from the examples and also revel in the sheer artistic beauty that some of these problems offer. As always, make sure to look at the hidden prose and variations embedded in the puzzles!
The answers to the "Yes" or "No" puzzles will appear at the end of the article.
YES and NO PUZZLE ANSWERS