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Friday, July 22, 2011

Chess Improvement Ideas Part 18

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Bishop Fork ( Double Attack )

In the above diagram Black has a material advantage, but it proves to be short-lived. With 1 Bxc6 White creates a fork - a double atack on both the Black King and KNight. After 1 ... Ke7 2 Bxe4, Black thinks he has recovered satisfactorily because he is only down 1 point Two minor pieces ( 6 points ) vs. One rook ( 5 points ) But to his horror he notices that a new fork has been created! Now his Rooks on b1 and h7 are both under attack, and one must be lost. this second fork shows that a fork does not alwyas involve a chec : All pieces are vulnerable.

The Rook Forks will be discussed in the next article.