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Advanced Tactics

Advanced Tactics

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  • Exchange Sacrifices

    Sometimes your position is more important than material. Give now to get more later. One of the most common good sacrifices is the exchange sacrifice. It can be a common attacking idea to expose the opponent's king. It's also a good defensive idea sometimes, when it can eliminate a strong attacking piece. Two pawns or some other positional advantages are often sufficient compensation for the exchange.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Clearance Sacrifices

    A clearance sacrifice is when you sacrifice a piece simply to get it out of the way of your other pieces. Often these sacrifices will gain time and give you an irresistible attack.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Overloading

    Chess pieces are not good at defending more than one thing at a time. If a piece is defending too many things it is overloaded. You can often capture one thing to distract the piece and then capture something else or checkmate once there's no longer a defender.

    • 4 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Interference

    Disrupt your opponent's coordinated pieces by sacrificing one of your own. Interference sacrifices occur when you sacrifice a piece to block a defender from guarding a key square, mate or piece.

    • 4 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Underpromotion

    Before you hurry and promote to a Queen, check if there isn't a better piece to be had. Occasionally a rook or bishop promotion will help avoid a stalemate. More often players promote to a knight in order to create a fork.

    • 5 min
    • 5 challenges
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