The middlegame is full of tactics which aim to:

  • win pieces
  • gain a superior position
  • trap the king
  • guard against a threat (defence)

Most tactical ideas (such as forks, pins & skewers) are achieved in one or two moves.

Some combinations are longer and can use a variety of tactics.



A refresher course

Video - Beginner to Chess Master

This video covers 9 tactics which commonly occur in games, including:

  • fork, pin, skewer, deflection, discovered attack, discovered check


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