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Advanced: Tactics

IM Bryan Smith & FM Kostya Kavutskiy Avg Rating: 920 Advanced

In this course you will be learning not just how to make a fork, pin, or skewer, etc; but also how to set up a situations where such tactics are possible.

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  • Destroy the Defender

    The concept of removing the defender is fundamental to tactics. Sometimes you might identify a crucial defender, the removal of which may allow you to carry out a tactic. In some cases, it can even be worth it to sacrifice material to remove that defender.
  • Drive Off the Defender

    Akin to removing the defender is the idea of driving off the defender. Sometimes an important defensive piece can be attacked and chased away, therefore exposing the squares which it formerly guarded.
  • Overloaded Piece

    The concept of the OVERLOADED PIECE is fundamental for tactics. A pieces which is doing two important jobs at once (i.e. defending two different squares) can be exploited. Such a piece can be said to be "overworked".
  • Deflection

    "Deflection" is a very common tactic and is connected to the idea of the overworked piece. A move is made which draws a key defensive piece away from an important duty.
  • Pin the Defender

    Another way to immobilize a key defending piece is to pin it.
  • Double Attack

    A double attack occurs when two of one side's pieces are attacked. Sometimes this happens as a result of a "fork" - when one piece attacks two. But it can also happen as a result of a "discovered attack" - a piece moves out of the way, opening up a new attack while creating a threat of its own.
  • Double Threat

    Using a piece to attack two of the opponent's pieces (a "fork") can be strong; but it is just as strong to create two more complicated threats at once - such as threatening both a piece and a mating attack with one move.
  • In-Between Move

    An "In-Between Move" (also frequently called by the German word "Zwischenzug") is a forcing move inserted into an otherwise expected sequence - e.g. a forcing move inserted before a recapture.
  • Exposing the King

    Tactics can be used for positional or attacking reasons, and using tactics to expose the enemy king is one example.
  • King Hunt

    In certain positions, when your opponent's king is exposed and you have enough attackers available, you can begin an unstoppable "chase" of the opponents king - not unlike "running the table" in billiards - a king hunt is when your entire army gets involved in the pursuit of your opponent's king.

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