Chess Tactics

Tactics in chess refers to play that involves captures, checks, or combinations of moves. They are the “exciting” moves. Most chess games are won or lost due to tactics. Types of chess tactics include:

The most basic type of tactics are the “1-movers” combinations. This is the simple captures: just taking a loose piece. Checks of the King are also a simple type of 1-move tactic. Basic checkmates like back rank mates are simple chess combinations.

The basic 2-move tactics are usually of 3 main types: pins, forks, and skewers.

There are also other types: discovered attack, discovered checks, and many other advanced chess combinations. Some other advanced chess tactics include:

Related Chess Tactics

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