Intermediate

Forcing Moves

Forcing Moves

Control the game by calculating a few moves ahead

  • Powerful Moves

    Take control of the game and call the shots with forcing moves. Forcing moves are checks, threats and captures. Those are moves that the opponent must respond to immediately in order to avoid losing material or the game.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Combinations

    You've learned a lot of tactics - now put them together in powerful combinations. Combinations are series of forcing moves, often involving sacrifices, that can help to win the game.

    • 2 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Checkmate in 3 Moves

    Look deeper into the position and find forced checkmate in 3 moves. This means three of your moves and two of your opponent's moves. If you look at your forcing options, you'll often be able to spot these longer winning combinations.

    • 4 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Queen Sacrifices

    Nothing feels quite as satisfying as giving up your queen in exchange for the win. A queen sacrifice is always worth it if you can force checkmate. Sometimes it's also worthwhile if you have good compensation in the form of other well-coordinated pieces.

    • 6 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Saving Draws

    If you are losing, look for ways that you can give up material to force a draw. Try looking for ways to create stalemate, perpetual check or insufficient mating material.

    • 3 min
    • 5 challenges
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