Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Forks

Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Forks

Get your forks ready!

Have you ever missed a crushing fork? Are you ready to find forks like a Grandmaster? Then this course is for you! This module was designed by GM Wolff to explore the fork motif in the game of chess, one of the most essential tactics in the game! The fork occurs when one of your pieces can attack two or more of the opponent's pieces. Start using forks to win games today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to setup forks!
  • How to avoid falling for forks!
  • Practice forks in positions picked by Grandmaster Patrick Wolff, a two-time US champion!
Lesson 1

Lesson 1

Black has a healthy extra pawn, so at first glance it looks like White is fighting to draw. But there is a hidden resource for white. Do you see it?
3 Challenges
Lesson 2

Lesson 2

It looks like an even battle lies ahead. But in fact, black has a sneaky tactic that wins a pawn by using the fork motif. Do you see it?
3 Challenges
Lesson 3

Lesson 3

In this sharp and messy position, Black has an unexpected way to set White up for a deadly fork.
3 Challenges
Lesson 4

Lesson 4

Here we see a position with equal material and what seems like an even position. However, if you take a closer look white has a way to come out clearly ahead.
3 Challenges
Lesson 5

Lesson 5

This position seems to be close to equal but black has a deadly fork in mind. Can you find the combination to win the game?
3 Challenges
Lesson 6

Lesson 6

This exercise not only illustrates an important common forking theme, it also illustrates that tiny details can be necessary to make a forking theme successful. Now, where is the fork in this position?
3 Challenges
Lesson 7

Lesson 7

This position looks fairly even, but in fact White can win a piece by force. Do you see how?
3 Challenges
Lesson 8

Lesson 8

This looks to be a very quiet position with equal chances for both sides but this is not the case. In this position White actually has a hidden resource.
1 Challenge
Lesson 9

Lesson 9

Black's Knight is attacked, so it may look at first as though Black should move it or protect it. But Black has a much stronger way to play.
3 Challenges
Lesson 10

Lesson 10

It doesn't look at first as though there is anything for White to do here. But look carefully at Black's position, and you'll find one piece that is a little bit exposed. How can White use his active pieces to attack it?
3 Challenges
Lesson 11

Lesson 11

White has a clever way to win a piece in this position. The key is to find a potential fork, then find the way to set it up.
2 Challenges
Lesson 12

Lesson 12

Don't settle for a "natural" move if you've got something better. The position seems to be rather equal but White has a nasty surprise in store.
2 Challenges
Lesson 13

Lesson 13

The obvious move here is to capture the rook, but then when Black recaptures the position is completely even. White has a much stronger move, based on the fork motif. Do you see it?
3 Challenges
Lesson 14

Lesson 14

Black must have been pleased with his last move, ...fxe4, reckoning he'd either won a key center pawn or else if Qxe4 Bf5 would skewer the exchange. But what happened?
3 Challenges
Lesson 15

Lesson 15

Black incautiously moved a knight from d5 to b6. He thought he was uncovering a decisive double attack against c4 and d4. What did he overlook?
3 Challenges
Lesson 16

Lesson 16

This is a well-known opening trap. Black sees that the obvious fork, 1.Ne4, is well met by 1...Qe7 and the Bishop is defended. But there is another fork hidden in this position...
3 Challenges
Lesson 17

Lesson 17

This seems to be a better endgame position for White but do you see how Black can turn the tide?
3 Challenges
Lesson 18

Lesson 18

In this very complicated situation white can use the fork tactic to cut through the "noise" and reach a clearly winning position.
4 Challenges
Lesson 19

Lesson 19

Here it seems like we have a quiet, equal endgame position but this is far from the truth. White has a very fierce tactical idea to come out ahead in the endgame.
4 Challenges
Lesson 20

Lesson 20

Black has just captured White's pawn on e4, thinking it was for free. But actually, Black has fallen into a trap and now loses a piece. How does White set up the winning fork?
3 Challenges
Lesson 21

Lesson 21

Black has just played pawn to h6, hoping to drive away the strong White knight. But Black misses a strong idea by White.
4 Challenges
Lesson 22

Lesson 22

Here's a tricky one. How can White maneuver Black's pieces to squares where a deadly fork is possible?
4 Challenges
Lesson 23

Lesson 23

White's Queen and Knight are both en prise. Normally that would be bad news, but here other tactical factors enter the play and White not only escapes but even wins a piece!
3 Challenges
Lesson 24

Lesson 24

White has a more aggressive position, but it looks as thought White will have to retreat the queen. Instead, White can start a combination that uses a fork at the end to win material. Do you see how?
4 Challenges
Lesson 25

Lesson 25

The position seems rather equal with both sides with a Queen, Rook, and a minor piece but white actually has a winning combination here. You will need some imagination to see how to set up a winning fork, and you need to exploit Black's King position, too.
4 Challenges
Lesson 26

Lesson 26

Black's greatest weakness is the Bishop, exposed on the sensitive f-file and protected only by the Queen. How can White exploit this situation?
4 Challenges
Lesson 27

Lesson 27

The most important precondition for a successful forking combination is normally two or more undefended units in the defender's camp. How can Black set up such a situation here?
3 Challenges
Lesson 28

Lesson 28

Here the material is equal but White has slightly more active pieces. Do you see a way to translate this into an advantage?
3 Challenges
Lesson 29

Lesson 29

Black expects White to recapture on e3, when Black can hope for equal chances. But White has a much more forceful way to play, based on a powerful fork. Do you see it?
4 Challenges
Lesson 30

Lesson 30

To consummate a forking attack, sometimes you must first draw the opponent's pieces to the squares at which they can be forked!
4 Challenges
Lesson 31

Lesson 31

White has just captured a pawn on e5 that it looked like black blundered. But actually, the move was a clever trap and White has fallen into it! Can you execute the trap for Black?
3 Challenges
Lesson 32

Lesson 32

In this seemingly safe position, White can initiate a combination that wins a pawn. The combination depends on a fork at the end of the sequence of moves. Can you find it?
5 Challenges
Lesson 33

Lesson 33

Here the material is equal but the White King position makes all the difference.
4 Challenges
Lesson 34

Lesson 34

I used this tactic in one of my own games many years ago. It looks like White has a safe extra pawn, but Black can win two pawns using forks! This one is really tricky...
5 Challenges
Lesson 35

Lesson 35

Are you winning or losing here? As Black, your Queen is threatened and your Knight is vulnerable on c5.
5 Challenges
Lesson 36

Lesson 36

Taking the Rook would allow ...Qd1 with perpetual check. (The queen checks from d1, f3 or h5 depending on how White covers up.) However, White can liquidate all of Black's pieces and force a win. Do you see how?
5 Challenges
Lesson 37

Lesson 37

White has a pawn on the 7th rank but Black is threatening to take it. Find how White can use both a pin and a fork to win.
5 Challenges

Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Forks

Tactics
37 Lessons
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Released March 13, 2008
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