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Introduction to Tactics

Introduction to Tactics

Get ready for a tactical workout!

Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Then this course is for you! This module introduces you to the tactical tools of chess you need to reach the next level. This tactical workout will whip your game into shape!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Practice forks!
  • Work on pins!
  • Spot discovered attacks!
  • Checkmate your opponent!

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Royal Fork: The Knight's two handed punch

This problem shows us what a fork is. A fork is a case where two pieces are attacked at the same time by one opposing piece.
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Family Fork

When a lone knight attacks a king, queen, and rook at the same time, we get what is known as a family fork.
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Bishop Fork

A certain symmetry between two Black pieces exists on the board which makes a fork possible.
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Rook Fork

Knights fork on their strange "L" shaped patterns, bishops fork on diagonals, and rooks, of course, can fork on either ranks or files.
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Pawn Fork

It's one of the curiosities of chess that the weakest of pieces can pose a threat to the strongest. Even harmless little pawns can attack two pieces at once.
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Queen Fork

The queen has the ability to move like a rook and bishop combined. Due to this versatility, the lady's forking powers are considerable.
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King Fork

It may surprise you, but even a king can fork pieces! In the present example we see the White king take matters into its own hands and fork the rook and knight.
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Too Close for Comfort

Why did your opponent play that move?
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Pinned Pawns

Every piece on the board is subject to a pin, with the sole exception of the king. A king cannot be pinned to something of greater value because there is nothing of greater value!
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Rook pins

The two best pinners are rooks and bishops. Queens also make excellent pinners, since they mimic the movements of these two pieces. In this problem the White rook can initiate a very effective pin.
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The Skewer

A skewer is like a backwards pin in that you threaten a piece, force it to move, and capture a less valuable piece behind it. In a pin you attack a piece that has a more valuable piece behind it.
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Rook Skewer

Skewers are most commonly made by bishops and rooks. In this case a rook wins the game by itself.
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Perpetual Check: Two Rooks on the Seventh Rank

Two rooks doubled on the seventh is a glorious thing to have!
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The discovered check

Black has just played the rook to b2 and called check to the White king. Was this a good idea? What should White do?
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Breaking a pin

Some pins win decisive amounts of material, while other pins are just of temporary nature and can be defused with careful play. Here we want to find a way to end the pin against Black's c6-knight.
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Basic Mate: King and Queen vs. King

This is one of the most important mates you will ever learn, because it is something you simply HAVE to know! I
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Basic Mate: King and Rook vs. King

A king and rook can mate a lone king in fairly easy fashion, though it must be admitted that the process is longer and more tedious than a king and queen mate.
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Basic Opposition: King vs. King

An invisible force exists between the kings that allows one king to outperform the other. This force is known as the opposition.
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Square of a passed pawn

At times the opponent is pushing his pawn, and your king is far from the action. How can you tell if you can stop his pawn? Here we learn a shortcut that makes the whole process easy!
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Pawn Structure

In general, you are supposed to pick a plan of action based on the state of your pawn structure.
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