Sunday, 29 May 2011


Richard Teichmann one of the best players of the early 1900’s said “chess is 99% tactics”.

So following this advice if you understand tactics and use them in your games you will have a better chance of winning. Spotting tactics is difficult, it takes practise. The more you practise tactics the easier it is to see them in your games.

What are tactics?

The common tactics are:


If you can look for tactics in your games they can sometimes be winning moves.

Today we look at the PIN.


“a pin is a piece that cannot move without exposing a more valuable piece on its other side to capture by the attacking piece”

This is a position after only a few moves, black has just moved the bishop from the c8 square to the g4 square.

This is attacking the white knight on f3.

If the white knight on f3 moves from this square it opens up an attack, on the white queen on d1 from the black bishop on g4.

Unless you want to give up your queen for a bishop, the white f3 knight is PINNED.

How to un-PIN yourself.

1/Attack the bishop with pawn to h3, hope it will move away or take the knight.

2/Move the queen from the PIN line or diagonal, in this position you cant.

3/Put another piece between the PINNED knight and the queen.

Can you work out what moves are the answers to number 3 ?

If you know the answers you can put it in the comment section.

Or e-mail the answer to us,the e-mail address is in the ABOUT US section.

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