Category Archives: Tactics

Using a Knight Fork

For those with an eye for this tactic, the knight fork may come up in many chess games, especially when the opponent has little experience with it. We often see it in chess books. There’s nothing new about this tactic, but … Continue reading

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Two Chess Books; Just One for Beginners

It may be rare for two chess books to differ greatly inside when they look very similar on the cover. Yet that’s the case with Beat That Kid in Chess and How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. The first is … Continue reading

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A Relative Pin is not a Family Heirloom

We’re not talking about Great Aunt Tessie’s brooch but the chess term relative pin. Diagram-1: The white knight at f3 is pinned . . . or is it? In Diagram-1, we see that the knight at f3 is under a … Continue reading

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Basics of the Absolute Chess Pin

We’ll leave the relative pin for a future post. Let’s consider now the absolute pin. The above position is taken from the new book Beat That Kid in Chess (page 13). Notice that the white queen and bishop are lined up, … Continue reading

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Knight Fork Tactic in Chess

To understand the importance of the knight fork, be aware of the values of pieces. From the book Beat That Kid in Chess In the above diagram, imagine a knight on each of those three squares that have stars. See … Continue reading

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