STEP 3: Attacking a pinned piece

STEP 3: Attacking a pinned piece

Feb 15, 2014, 6:14 PM |

KLA Chess Club (Keiller Leadership Academy), is a Title I, K-8 Charter School located in southeast San Diego. Chess class has been implemented as an everyday, in school class for middle school students.

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The following lesson is taken from the Dutch KNSB training series by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden 


A typical pin can yield a piece in material as shown below:

A pin can also used with a piece and key square:

In the diagram  below, white has pinned the Knight to the King, but is it enough to win a piece or does the rook need help?

Below, how can white win a piece with some help?

Can you identify the pin below? Remember a pin doesn't alway have to be 2 pieces. A pin can be to a square as well.

Below, black to play, can you identify the pin? What is the best plan of attack for black?

Unsuccessful vs. successful attacks on a pin:
Summary: Attacking a pinned piece is insufficient when :
a) The attacking piece is too valuable
b) A counterattack is possible
c) The front piece (pinned piece) can protect the back piece.
Search Strategy:
1. Which piece is pinned?
2. Can I attack this piece once more (using the 'cheapest' piece)
3. After I have playe dmove move, does the opponent still have a defence?