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Relative Pin

  • #1

    Here's a position I just had as Black.
    My opponent played Ne4 for some reason, but, obviously, wasn't expecting the Knight on f6 to move.
    A relative pin can lead to surprises if you're not careful. The surprise cost him an entire piece and eventually the game.

  • #2

    This is always something worthwhile keeping your eye open for. A piece may be pinned against the Queen but can you make a threat with the pinned piece that's worth the value of the Queen or possibly mating the opponent? This is a question you should ask yourself whenever your piece is pinned. I've noticed such a position occurs sometimes in the King's Gambit Declined.  

  • #3

    That is great, Batgirl!  Watch out for the same in the B3 knight slipping out of a relative pin on the Q1-R4 diagonal, to land on K5 in "Legall's Mate."  Nice.



  • #4
  • #5
     Ignore the comments but this is a way to win a pawn due to a pin
  • #6

    @Grandamasta23 I agree with you, I've used this variations a lot of time, but I think it would only work to amateur players since most professional players can avoid traps in the opening.

  • #7

    That might be true, but how many professional players do you usally play? 



  • #8

    These are so easy to miss sometimes. Here is one that cost me.

  • #9
    Grandmasta23 wrote:
     Ignore the comments but this is a way to win a pawn due to a pin

    Not only does white win a pawn but the knight now enjoys a strong position black's king is exposed. This position occurs in several different openings so it pays to keep your eyes open when playing those openings.


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