Tactic examples: skewers, forks, pins, discovered attack, double check

Hey guys, this is a game that I recently played, and it has at least one example of a fork, pin, skewer, discovered attack, and double check.  



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  • 2 years ago


    Thank you for your comment and tips!  I will keep these in mind in my future games and make some variations to my openings!  I will also try to think more strategically, because in the past few games, all I tried to think about were tactics!  I will also keep recapturing in mind and see how it could help me activate more pieces!  Thank you!

  • 2 years ago


    1) Your understanding of development and activity needs to improve first.
    2) In the endgame your king is an important attacking piece.
    3)"To take is a mistake" -Silman IM (if you can recapture with activity)

    Development is the placement of pieces off the back rank to control important squares (or to reduce the enemies control of important squares). In the opening, the important squares are the central squares.

    A development advantage is when you have more pieces controlling more important squares than your opponent. A space advantage is a type of development advantage.

    e.g At move 4, there were no tactics available to you, so you should make strategic moves, moves that develop pieces and do not limit the options of your other pieces.
    Here's how I would think:
    1)There are 3 minor pieces left to develop... The bishop has the most options, so I shall leave her till last (keep the enemy thinking). 
    2)The knights on g1&b1 only have 3 development options. 2 of which do not control the center. The g1 knights can only exert influence on a contested part of the center... it also provides a development square (a pin) for whites c8 bishop.

    Therefore Nc3 makes the most sense since it keeps my options open and impacts more control over the center sooner.


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