Tactical Themes: Clearance (+ Video)

Tactical Themes: Clearance (+ Video)

FM michechess89

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to explain 5 selected puzzles, where you have to win using Clearance Tactical Theme.

We talk about Clearance, when we have a winning tactical sequence, but to make it work, we need to use some particular square or line, which is blocked by some other of our pieces. That’s why, we are going to move that piece to clear that square or line (usually sacrificing it) so we can do the winning sequence.    

Let’s see some examples. I encourage you to try to find the solutions for some minutes.


In this video you can find variations and explanations for 5 diagrams.



Click here to subscribe to my channel. I will be uploading instructive videos for beginners and intermediate players at least every Monday.

** (Right click in the question mark (?) to see the solutions, also it’s all explained in the video)

Position 1

Position 2

Position 3

Position 4

Position 5


Also, it’s important you to know, that if you feel you need to improve some particular tactical idea or theme you can do it on Chess.com Tactics Trainer, in the unrated and custom options you can select the one you would like to practice (like Clearance).

If you liked this you can follow me clicking on the right side at the top of the post. I will be posting things like this often.

And if you think this is going to be helpful for your friends, share it with them.


Click here to visit my channel.

Click here to see professional videos and lessons about the greatest tactic player, Mikhail Tal.