Intermediate: Tactics

  • NM Alexander King
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  • Intermediate

Learn about more advanced tactical tricks and patterns. Perfect for those who have completed the Beginner: Tactics course.

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  • Winning Material with Tactics

    As you progress from Beginner to Intermediate level, one of the things you will notice is that tactics are by far the most important part of the game. Although endgames, openings, and strategy all play a part too, tactics are important for every single move of every game. If you make a tactical mistake, you can pay for it for the rest of the game, as in this next example.
  • Forks - Part 1

    The FORK is one of the most basic tactics in chess: one piece attacks two enemy pieces at the same time. The most common type of forks are knight forks and pawn forks, but forks with the other pieces are also possible.
  • Forks - Part 2

    Now let's look at an example of a pawn fork.
  • Forks - Part 3

    Forks can occur at any stage of the game - even the endgame. Let's look at an example from very late in the game.
  • Pins - Part 1

    Now on to another basic tactic that we have already discussed briefly - the PIN. A pinned piece is one that cannot move because it would allow an attack on a piece behind it - usually the king or the queen. Let's look at an example.
  • Pins - Part 2

    Sometimes a piece can be pinned to a weak square - if it moves, a piece can occupy this square, to great effect. Let's look at an example.
  • Pins - Part 3

    If a piece is already pinned, sometimes the only way to take advantage of the pin is to attacked the pinned piece again. Pawns are especially useful for this because they are worth less than all the other pieces.
  • Skewers

    A SKEWER is sort of the opposite of a pin. You attack a piece (usually the king or queen) and when it moves, you capture the piece behind it.
  • Discovered Attack

    DISCOVERED ATTACK is where you move a piece out of the way (often with check) and your piece BEHIND it is attacking a valuable piece. This is a very powerful tactic - let's look at an example.
  • Double Check

    The most powerful kind of discovered attack is the DOUBLE CHECK. A double check is where you move a piece to check the enemy king, and a piece behind it is ALSO checking the enemy king!

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