Winning Chess Tactics | Benjamin Corcoran | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (1h 28m)
    • 1. Forks 101

    • 2. Pin 101

    • 3. Discovercheck101

    • 4. Discover attack and check101

    • 5. Skewers 101

    • 6. Removing the Defender

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By taking this course of winning chess tactics, you'll be able to recognize tactical patterns and start winning more chess games. Chess is 99% tactics so this course will help you master the basics of chess tactics.

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Discover checks

Discover attacks




Previous students that took this course started to win more games, place in top 3 at most tournaments, and eventually break 1000 elo rating with hard work.

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Benjamin Corcoran

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I'm a Tournament chess player, director, organizer, and tutor from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.     

Currently, working on lesson planning to improve my  lessons overall and to help my students win tournaments. For over 10+ years I've taught to 50+ chess students. 

       Most of my students go on to participate in local open and scholastic tournament with impressive results including winning a reserve section, winning state for their grade levels, and taken down chess Experts/Masters. Currently today I have a half dozen of formal students with ratings of 1500-1800. One formal student got an invite to play for team USA for their age group.

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1. Forks 101: hes spent from Benzel chest here. Here was a video. Ana, How did you forks? Pretty much is basics for forks. It's actually a chess piece attacking two pieces at once. So, for example, we're going to do a fork with the RUC first in this position. We got this rook. It will come up to here. No, for both the king and the bishop, all in one move. So once it moves, the ruk it's fork in both pieces. And then the king one walk over there and you take the bishop in this next problem here, if you can remember the last problem we used Rook to fork the king and the bishop. Well, the bishops way over here now. And there's a queen here protecting this line. So we can't really just throw our ropes here yet because the queen will just take. So we had to kind of think this through. Take two and think it through. But we do have a queen ourselves. So So you take the Queen Bishop takes back. And now, like problem one. You have a fork. Kim moves. You take the bishop. Okay. If you want, you can positivity on try to solve this one. Its way to move. Okay. On an answer in 321 Next piece we're gonna go over is the night. Okay. The night is one of the two very popular pieces and actually is probably the most popular. A piece to fork with cause moves in a weird L shape and could jump over other pieces. It's Ah, a really big surprise fork. Okay, so not a lot of people can see this move here. Almost. You have been, uh, fork vision, which once you jumped to that square and up seven, Your for kidney Keen and the Queen bam. Okay, then the king has to move any gobble up the queen. So we go back again. If you can't see that take the arrows are Okay. So you have 1/4 there. What happened? Okay. Bam, Wham slam. Okay, so here you can fork up to seven pieces at once, Pretty much attacking eight squares. The night has to leave one of the squares and he can attack everyone. So Dr Solomon, it pause a video, wait to move. Answer in 321 Ok, that's how you attack all seven at once. and New York City hitting them all coming from this square to attack 12 34 56 and seven. So that's how big a four can be at any given moment. Okay, here's next problem should be pretty simple. It's white to move. Pause A video answer in 321 Okay, The answer is, Knight takes F seven, which is sparking a king and the queen. Well, uh, que moves again. You take the queen. Something like the less problem. Two problems ago. Okay, Now, let's try something a little more difficult here. So wife wait to move it. Fork, This one's a little bit trickier. So how's your video answer in 321 OK, sometimes. Ah, fork is not just gonna happen because we have this enemy can hear who need to be right here . And then we have a possible fork. But there's a problem. He's right here. So how can we get this king over here? Correct. A rook sacrifice which is worth £5. Once a king takes than a night ticks. Opponent of seven que moves a g eight and you take the queen. Good job. Okay. Here is the next problem is white to move. Ah, positive video. Answer in three to one. Okay, here's the next chest piece. The second most popular, I would say, is the queen, because the Queen like moves like both a rook and bishop. So it's very hard to see the Queen Fork in somebody sometimes because it just moves like almost all pieces. And once the queen's in the middle of board is just dangerous. So Queen will go to D five, working a king and the rook. Let's just say maybe the bishop blacks and then we take the ruk right putting their bishop . Blacks takes rook. Okay, Next problem. So he did the RUC. We didn't night. We did the queen we still need. You need to do the keen bishop and pawn. So here it is. White to move, Pause your video answer in 321 Even the smallest piece could do forks. So if the night and bishop are lined up perfectly, which this can happen plenty of times in the beginning stages of the game, you special against beginners still lined their nights and bishop up like this, um, product closer to their side of the board But there's a potential you can fork them with support of the other pawn or not Peace. And then you're working both the night and the bishop. One or the other has to move. And you just wanted peace. Okay, let's go to couple positions were they are in game scenarios, but she's gonna happen quite few few times. Often. It is white to move here cause your video answer and three to one. Okay, so the correct move here is night takes f seven here. It's working the queen and the Brooke with the support off the bishop. After the Queen moves, night jumps and takes the RUK As you can see it, both pieces are hitting here. Okay, next problem. Here's another scenario. It is white to move. Pause your video answer. And 321 Here's another set up from the, uh, Queens Pong gambit game. Um, where this night actually came from here and here. So I just jumped to here and here. Okay. Serious. All the arrows in the night. Okay. This night's attacking year, The bishop stacking here, let's create a fork. Right night jumps in their fork in the king and the rook King has to move. Take the ruk easy. Is that those predator protected by Bishop? That's why the queen can't take Take the road. Okay, next problem. And yes, we got tour pieces, the bishops and the king So just shown you that they all conform. So here it's white to move positive video Answer in 321 Ok, this should be pretty simple. Bishop 66 check. And next, you're going to get the look on the next move. Well, let's skip this one. Okay, Here's an example where it can actually happen in the game where White should just want a free pawn, but instead, one's a piece. So it's quite to move cause your video answer and three to one Okay, to get the fork first you need to do a night's actress because night and the bishop both attacks c six. So next takes opponents see six looks like it clear sacrifice. But after the pollen takes back, the bishop takes. So you gave up a night for two pawns. But now you're forking the Keenan rook. Let's see Bishop protects and you get the ruk for free. See how that works. So bam wham Slam Cup ham. Okay, now let's go to the previous position. Okay, This is the last one, and there's he's usually happen in the end game. So it's white to move. Find the floor. Answer in 321 OK, so here, Yes, even the king could do 1/4 by just going to eat through. Okay. And there's a problem can. Okay, so, Kenny three bishop the eat at five. And the king takes Defour, so that seem impossible there, too. Thanks for watching this video and catch the next time. 2. Pin 101: Hi. My name is Ben from Benzel Chest here with another video. I'm intro to tactics. And today we're gonna be talking both the pen. Ben's can be very helpful tools that happen and pretty much every game. But what is a pin? A pin is when you're using one year pieces, which there's only three pieces that can perform the pen as attacking. Ah, small piece to a bigger piece. So one of your three pieces that we're gonna go over very quickly is going to attack a smaller piece to a bigger piece in a straight line. Okay, so do you want to give it a shot? Its way to move here cause your video answering 321 Okay, here it is. Bishop to D four. And what this is is a bishop attacking the RUK. And yes, the RUK might be bigger than the bishop, but our bishop is attacking a piece. The rook, which the rook is smaller than the cane. Sometimes somebody might be confused and think that Ah, you have to have the piece actually be smaller, like everything that it has to be upon or something smaller. And the bishop and ambition was attacking it. No, it's just a piece that's being attacked. The rook is smaller than a kid and the kid is behind the RUK. So this is known as a pin. And next move. Well, the king will move somewhere, for example here. And then we take the work for free. Nothing I can explain. There is two types of pins. Absolute and relevance. Okay. And absolute pin means the peace cannot move. It's absolutely being pinned down to the ground. Let's get to the next puzzle. Okay, Second absolute pen, Wait to move, see if you can solve it. Three, 21 Okay, Regency, here's answer. Work to you too. It is pinning the bishop to the candy. The bishop smaller than can actually all chest pieces of you. Think about it. Do the math. Everyone smaller than a game. So next king will move and you take the bishop again. The bishop cannot move OK, cause you cannot walk into check. Okay, so so far we did the bishop and the RUC. Those air to pieces There's only warm or peace that can perform the pen. Take a wild guess. Three to one. Here's the next problem with the last piece. It is white to move. See if you can solve it. Three to one. Okay. Here. It's pretty simple. Um, you can either do Queen that e one or queen the E three again. You're attacking the bishop, which you're really pinning The bishop to the king became is hiding behind the bishop here . Okay, if you can't see that so the bishop cannot move, Other was check. Kim moves and he takes the king for free. Okay, No. There's three pieces that cannot perform the pin, the night, the pawn and a king what they can do. And actually, all pieces conduce this. But what they can do is add pressure. Okay, So, for example, it is wait to move. You want to guess the whole how it plays out? Cool, but pause it very quickly. Otherwise, 321 Okay, first move will be rook to e to pinning the bishop to the king again. Right? So now the king comes, and now he protects the bishop. Well, the RUC can't just take the bishop right now, because that's just a bad trade for white works worth Five bishops were three. You do the math. Black exit gains after that trade and gets a drop. But now, since there's still pin their why not and pressure the night. Okay, now the night is actually adding another piece to the pin piece. So insanity GIs the RUC pinning. We have the night attacking. So that's two pieces on there. Okay, so now let's say the king moves over here. I mean, you can move the other way, and it will be better for him. But now we can gobble up the bishop. Do you think about again? We pin the peace and actually, Jane has a better move. But let's say it goes there. Then you could just add pressure. Okay. It will be too much for him to handle. OK, so the night can add pressure. Can a pawn at pressure? Let's see. Here it is white to move. Answer in 321 Ok, Bishop to F four. Pinning the book to the king. No, that came will come up to protect the ruk so the trade will just be even one that even what will win the trade but instead just winning the trade by a couple ponds. Why not? When the whole piece by moving the pawn to also attack the pen piece, which is adding pressure. Kim will come down. And now you in the rocks because we had pressure there. Okay. Damn. And slam. Look for pan. Okay, Next position is here. Okay. So Okay. I set this one up wrong. Sorry. Apologize. It's just a free queen. Takes like, um, Queen. Supposed to be Andy, too, But okay, let's just save. It was on detour right now, and it moves to F four for the pain. Okay, Um, so Kane will protect it with Kennedy six. Now, King White King could go up to D four to add pressure. Okay, because here there's a pin. Right. The road can't move yet, but if we bring the king up, we had pressure is two verse one should be easy. Piece to one. Okay. Yeah. Another thing about pieces that are pinned is once their pin for being pinned. Um, they can no longer protect someone else, especially in the absolute pitch. Okay, so here, normally, you can look at the enemy pawn here and see it's protecting protecting the night, right? You would think so, But the problem here is our peace is pinning the pawn to the king. So no longer is the pawn protecting the night. Because calling cannot take back cause it's checked. So here it's weight to move. Um, okay, you can try it. Otherwise, answer in 321 it is. Bishop takes up six. Okay, and the Palm cannot take. Otherwise it King will be in check by the work. Here's another one. Okay, Once someone is being pinned, they can no longer really protect anyone because they're pinned down. Okay? Especially the absolute pitch in a relevance pin that can protect, but and it cost. So here it's white to move, um, find the best move answer. And three to the correct move is Bishop takes h six because the Queen is pending the G, some appointed akin. Now the Palm cannot take back. Otherwise, it's well, it's illegal. You can't take that. Can we be in check? So let's say Black played g six, which is another blunder because no queen can just take for free check. Why is this? Well, let's look at it. The F seven pawn you were thinking take, but it's actually being pinned by the C four, Bishop. So while black is in a real mess here, Okay, so you know, you can add pressure with a piece. Um, and when a piece is being penned, it it is no longer protecting. How can you achieve this? Well, one thing you could do is have on your piece is lined up to a really big piece. So, for example, it is white to move here. Let's have ah look for ah strategy. Okay. In this crazy position, let's say let's move our ruk on f won t want. When we do this, it's actually now Henning the night to the king. Okay, so let's say Black keeps on developing with Knight to F six. Now he has two nights protecting the bishop, one that's being pinned. So if we play bishop on D one takes G four is not time for that because night on absolutes can take back the one you five connect. So before we can take, let's maybe add pressure, okay? Because we made a threat of taking the bishop. But let's have pressure de for attacking the nights. Okay, So maybe night after the seven will be played by your opponent, but Now, this is just really bad, because if you look at it the night on you five is being pinned and being pressured. But upon it can also no longer protect the G four Bishop, actually, the other night loves so that Bishop is actually gaining if you think about it. So let's take with our d one. Bishop. Yeah, and let's see, there's really no moves for black and Black can only think about going to say or safety, so he castles. Now, you take the night with your point. You actually want to pieces for upon. That's pretty incredible. Knight takes back, you play Bishop to D one. He has a night two works and queen versus your two rooks and queen at night. And two bishops subtracted night for night. Two rooks and the Queen's. You actually have the two bishop advantage. Okay, two bishops versus upon pretty much okay, I think there's one more or maybe two more. Okay. Um So here's the relevant pin we have right now. So we have the G five Bishop pinning the night, which is to the queen. And there's actually a couple of things here for one since this is relevant. Um, all pens are always your piece is attacking someone. Our bishop is attacking the night. Okay. And then the night is actually smaller than a queen so and their line up straight like this . So that is a relevant pin. While not that well, what's going on here? Let's get out of that, OK? A lot of crazy stuff there. Okay, So, um yeah, that's a relevant pen. And the night can actually jump. Let's say he wants to jump to eat e four. While the promise once than Knight on F six jumps to e four. Then we actually take their queen, right? So that's not good either. And another thinking. Well, a lot of times when you do these pins, they might just move their bishop to use seven, and then you can just continue a game. Let's say he doesn't do that, and he's afraid of that pin. So he instead moves his queen. Now, if he did this now, you can actually, uh, disrupt his position a little bit and start creating weaknesses by taking the night. And he has an open coal break here. Okay, so that's pretty good. Okay, so let's go to the next position. This is the last position, and let's see if I can flip it. There you go. Okay. So these pens can happen in games, and this is an example off What could happen in the game? Um, I had this happened two or three times and this tep opening, I don't suggest playing this opening. Ah, for beginners, because you can actually do pins and a lot of other openings are Might be as effective or more. Okay, So here's first couple moves and I am black here. So there's one pin right there, right? He stops pin, I keep on developing. He attacks my bishop. I most will just take It's part of the opening. Okay, so here, I'm gonna try to come up with a strategy of the 10 piece. I see that there's a king right here, and there's a possibility off this and this. Okay, I want to try taking advantage of that little attack. That's Michael. So I had to probably bring a rook to G six and then probably use that to my advantage. So look to Gees or F. Six seconds cited over the next move. Let's say he was struck over so you can have 1/2 open filed. I move my rook tip g six, and now I'm very dangerous. And, um, what has to watch out here? Okay, so the one thing White does not want to do is un protect the night because the nights only protected once. So either the bishop or the queen has to protect the night on a three. Let's say this happened before Queen decided to go to sea to instead for a possible you four push. But this is a mistake, because now I have tactics. Okay? There's already a pin. I could just take the night right now and a free piece. OK, But instead, I want to make it, uh, take more adventure than just winning a piece. I only go for Cech. Me? So a rook sacrifice is just insane. So now the king takes back and right now that you see that Bishop is actually pending that night to the king. So, Mike winking, coming for free check. And there's no way the night can take my queen because it's being pinned by the bishop. And what should a head that night protected by another piece, but no. After the King moves, the bishop takes ends. Checkmate. So hopefully you learn a lot from this pin video and I'll see you guys at the next video. Thank you. 3. Discovercheck101: Hey, this has been from Benzel Chess here with a video off Discover. Check 101 This is way to move. Pause your video. Okay, We'll be answering it. 10 3 to one. Okay. Right now it is what to move. And we have this rock here hiding behind this nights, which that cames right there, too. So we gotta figure something on here once the night moves. You know, the Rockets hitting King? Absolutely. So, um, we just have to figure out where to put the night. So if we just throw the night here Well, yeah, You got a skull check, but it's not really successful, so maybe they'll attack him in the pond. Or maybe if it jumps here, it's just moving for all right here. But you gotta think of where to put this night. Okay, Maybe attack a bigger piece. So what about right here in that hell shape? It's now attacking it queen, while giving the chip can check with ruk. So now the king's forced to move. Let's move in right here. And now we win a queen. Okay, a second problem. White to move cause your video 32 want. Okay? so here is very similar. It's just next to move this nights here. The strokes here still looks lining up here. The night can jump here, but we don't want to make that jump too early or the queen will run away so and the kids over here now. So if we throw this Rick here to give a check, can foresee Come off here. And now we get the same position. It's last one jump here. Give the check to the king. King moves is the rook. And now we take the queen for free again. You take a look at it have this year. How does this jump in here? So we just need to make that first move here, then? Yeah, this combination. Well ah, Okay. Problem number three and it's white to move. Pause your video three to one. Okay. Here. This bishop is actually lined up to the cane. So once we move this upon its a check, where can we moves upon to? Well, only one square moves up. It's attacking both upon and the rook. So now they can ask, Move, Ika, move anywhere. It doesn't really matter, but usually they move closer to the promotion square transact point if it can, which here You can tell you you can't. Because now you want to take with the taking the pawn ticket. Look who's bigger. Of course they work. And now one square way. Tune it up. Motions Where Number four wait to move. Pause your video. Three, 21 That the same set up here. Right? Should we just moved upon here to attack? No, because we do that. Um, the Rick will just run away. Coming here gives a check. King will have to move out of the way. And then because this pomelos here giving bringing this part will take back. So that won't work. But why not use this rook to take first and give a check? My kid can can go here if he wants, but makes this scenario, you know worse. So why not just take the work? And now Damn, given that check can't has to move. We win the rush and we're about to promote to that awesome square. Number five Pause your video and its weight to move, sir. Positivity three to one. Okay, here. This queen is line up to that King and Also, it's protecting the square. So we need to trade places with Bishop wants The bishop moves. You see, the queen is attacking a cane, and now the bishop attacks at square for texi. So keeping the king, you know, locked inside Ken moves. And now Queen comes in and it's check me. It gets his support from the bishop. So let's check me. Number six Looks like pretty much fun. OK, White to move here cause your video 32 What? Ready? Okay, so look sake. We can use this queen to attack here and give a check. Right? But the only problem is this cane can move to the square once it happens, so we can't really do that. But if we remember, the other position is Queen was protecting the square and supporting. You know that square for this Bishop that coming. Check me. It can Can't go here cause it's, you know, queens there so has to move back and can take The bishop is equipped, but now same thing. Bishop trades places with the queen, protects the F seven square, gives check ken moves and to check me. Okay, so that's number six. Let's go with number seven here. It's way to move. Pause your video. Three to one. Okay, here we have this rook hiding behind the bishop attacking the king. Now this Bishop, move the savior. Here. We have a check. A Well, it's just check over here. Sam's in here. Same thing here, Samson. And here is something They're all giving checks. But the problem is this King can move here to We want to stop that. So if we move here, it's a check. Double check. But the King can take the bishop if we move here. We're actually starting that square with Bishop, and it gains trapped, so he has to move the RUC. Holy move the block. Check that. We have a checkmate. So instant replay. See his move here. Let's take off the arrows. Okay. See, Howard since lined up. Damn. Glam slam. Okay, Number eight, it is Way to move here. Pause your video. You ready? Three, 21 Here's the answer. Bishop has to take here and give a check to this working king because this game was trying to escape here. But by checking recover that otherwise we took with rock instead. The King can just escape here. So we have to take with official Kane will move any square. You could move here. Here. Say it moves there now, do you? Same thing. Move your bishop over here to expose the king with the check and cover that Dagnall so he doesn't escape. Now we're on number nine. Last one white to move cause your video answering three to one. Okay, so it's pretty obvious we have this bishop heading the cane right there this nights in the way. So what should we do with the night movie? Here? We have a double check, but that's only a double check that linking moves with and Mr will be here. Another double check now, I'm just joking around. Ah, Once his night moves, it's a check. You have to find the best piece. The attack with the night. Our biggest PC contact with tonight. So moving it in a L shape attacks the queen down here and the canes and check. So once a cane moves say right here. Now, this night cobbles up the queen and you're up in material and you should be able to win this game. Thanks for watching. And I will see you guys at the next video. 4. Discover attack and check101: Hey, this has been from Ben's chest dot com here with Discover attack one on 1/2 of its discover attack. Then there's so there's much, much more discovered checks. Scar attack doesn't happen as often as discovered checks. Okay, so this is the first problem. It is white to move. Pause. A video, three to one. Okay, spoiler. Here is the answer. Brooke, Here's attacking the queen. So once we moved the bishop, move right here. And now the queen's being exposed, and so is the rock. Queen has to run away. It can't stand this file because the RUC can't go here because the queen has to maybe go, like, right here, for example. And now the rook is lost. Okay. Problem number two. It is white to move. Pause a video. 321 Okay, there's quite a few different answers here, but we're just looking for discover attacks. So probably the best one for the ah, easier ones. That seat, there's other ways you can win. But I say this is the best one. It looks best easiest to win apiece moving the night here because now your bishop is hitting the queen and you're attacking the RUK you look at it again, it's there. So yes, 96. So now, for example, that saved the night stays here to protect checks is just now it's great. Well, you can leave as a pen and just take the risk, for example, So or he could actually still take the Knights Bishop takes you could do anyway. But bust is just to take the brook, You get free, Ruk and we have a pin right here. Still So on the next move now you can watch the night again to take the queen or take the night throne The Queen All that's fun stuff. Okay, here is problem number three for a discover attack. White to move. Pause your video Answer in 321 See that you're attacking. The queen wants you. Move the rook Rook moves. You're hitting the queen. You're heading Queen still Now you had the look, right? So a couple things could happen. But let's just say this queen moves away because it doesn't want to be attacked. Cannot say the other work. Maybe we'll go right here and now this work takes the other look. You want to look okay? Number four White to move. Pause your video three to one. Okay, That is what we're looking at. We have to move this horse, also known as a night right here. So, no, you have attacked there and its act there. Okay, let's go back a step. You murdered that some of the night or attacking the other rock. Let's say the other backs off. And then we would that work. Okay, over time. Damn glam slam! Touchdown! Right. Okay. No, that's just mixture of lessons. Okay. Ah, here it is. Way to move, positivity. 32 What? OK, so this Rick here threatens a background check me. So why not move? This night may be right here in this weird L shape to attack the queen while thrown. Checkmate. So the black in has a choice. Does he want to save his queen or save his only always forced to move over here. Otherwise, games over and next month. Because if the queen comes here, the RUC checks queen goes there, Brooke checks and scale. Okay, So King lives here, and now you want a queen and black can survive a couple more news. Okay? It's got the next one half way there. Okay. Problem number six. Okay. Quite to move. Pause your video. Three, 21 Should be pretty simple to see. I see. And now this front of something for this night to hit. Let's jump over here to attack the queen. Now, these air discovered checks, so the other ones were just discover attacks. This is a discovered check. You move this night to hit the queen and were exposed cane. Kim has to move, for example. And now we get the queen. And yes, he gets our night back. But hey, and queen and rook beats a bishop in your work. Right? Let's go with number seven here. Way to move. Pause your video. Three to what? His queen still hidden here. And we had the same problem. Let's just try to make it happen. Move. This work here takes and now many things gonna happen. But most likely your phones will take here. Or maybe resign because they're down piece after he takes stabs smooth here. So let's move the night to attack the Queen. Kim was out of the way. Okay, Take okay. Samson. Right. Takes, takes jumps. Get to quit. Okay. From them. rate we got Two more. It is white to move here. Pause your video. Three to one. Okay, we have this rook attacking the queen, and we have this night jumping here to give a check. If you know what for exercises also work. So then on the next move, not say I said, this king comes over here, you could take it with your rook butts. Busted take tonight. But if you would've moved his king over here, can you take with the nights? You're still fine. Okay. Last problem. Wait to move. Pause your video. Okay, 32 more here. We're trying to same thing. Get this rook buying up to the queen. We're trying to win it clean here, but first thing is, we have to find a target. This keen needs to be right here, so this night can jump right there to attack. Forget Brandis took over here to give a check. Can can go forward his school here and now with this year, you jumped right here. Give a check, Right. Have to retake the nights. Right after he took tonight. We take the queen. See that again? Damn. When slam Suzanne. Kobe. Well, don't pitch up. Thanks for watching this video of Discover tax slash mates, and I will see you at the next video. 5. Skewers 101: either. This is banned from benzo chess with another tactic. Video on intro to tactics. Here we are doing intros to skewers. Okay, Now, what is a skewer? Oh, if you're watching these tactics in order, um, you will probably watch pins before skewers because pens happen more often. And actually, pretty much can happen every game. I would say in any 9.9% of every game there is a pin, whether it's effective or not. So, um, skewer is exact opposite of a pen. But let's first look at, you know, this position here, Um, both the pin and scare can happen in this position. So we're gonna go with white to move here, okay? And if it was, wait to move, which it is, Um, what's best move is to take this right here, move it here. Okay? And when it does that, it's actually being protected by its queen. Okay? And it's Henning, that queen to the king. Okay. And it's when your piece the rook is attacking an enemy, which is this queen to a piece that's bigger. Okay, so that will be a pin. So we're attacking the queen, which the queen is smaller than it came. So that's a pin repenting the small piece to the big piece. Okay, what would happen? Most likely Queen takes you take back and you're winning material yet? Queen verses their work. But if we go back, let's say white did not see the pin and decided. Playbook tastes h five. No, which that's a blunder. Now we have the example where skewer is. A skewer is when you're using on your pieces to attack a piece which that piece is getting bigger than the piece behind it. So when this rock here moves down here, it is actually attacking the king. And behind the king is a queen. Okay, so this is a skewer here. So the difference is pin is attacking a piece that is smaller, um, to the peace hiding. Which up here was the queen and the king was hiding behind the queen, so that would be a pin. And the skewer is where the bigger piece this cane is in front of the queen. Which queen is hiding? So if you're attacking a bigger piece to a smaller piece, that's a skewer. Okay, so that's going to you. The next problem so another difference between pens and skewers when you're pinning a piece . Ah, the smaller piece is shielding the bigger piece, which it's not move. There's no forcing moves right away. And it's kind of long term and might take quite a few moves if you're gonna be able to. Taking advantage is off it. Okay, so if you want to see some pins and action and how they take advantages, you will watch the other video. And I would suggest watching that before this video if you haven't done so. But Skewers, um, are forcing and they happen. So fax okay, because once you attack the bigger piece, you don't want to lose the bigger piece. That bigger piece moves out of the way and you grabbed a smaller piece, so similarities they have to learn upon the same line. So, for example, here we see that this and we can hear and this work here are lined up, so we would have to attack this way. So the answer is bishop to H four. Check attacking the King, which is bigger than the ruk The king moves out of the way Bishop takes Okay, let's go to the next one. So, like what I said last time, Um, we're looking for pieces that are lined up, and we're looking to attack those pieces that are lined up. Okay, Three pieces conduce skewers, just like pence. It's only bishops rooks and queens. So here it's white to move, find skewer. Pause your video. Okay, answer in three to one. Okay, for those has said Bishop to G two, you are correct if he said this bishop to right here while the bishops not protected and the queen just gobbles it up like that, Okay, so that would be incorrect. But when you go to G two Well, before that, I recognized right away that this queen and this rook are lined up. Okay? I mean, also, this rook is also lined up to this queen. But the problem is the bishop would not be protected. So since I have seen these two pieces lined up, why not try and make a skewer out of it? So that's why a bishop to G two queen will move out of the way. Because otherwise, queen for Bishop, that's six points difference. Um, but when the queen moves out of the way It's only a five point. OK, okay. So the next position. Ah, here. Another example of a skewer is, um, two pieces can be equal value and will be considered a skewer. Okay, So pens are when you're attacking a small piece to a big piece on the big pieces hiding. Okay. A skewer is usually Ah, you're attacking a big piece, which the smaller pieces hiding behind. But there are some occasions were two pieces are lined up together off equal value, just like these two bishops here were lined up. If we do this type of attack, that would also be a skewer. So the answer here would be actually rook to D one, which skewers both of the bishops and one of the bishops are gonna fall in America. What? Okay, No. If he played Bishop F six, then you take this bishop for free. But some players would want at least get something for their peace. So once they see the skewer, um, there's another tactic. Name forgot. Exactly new of it. It's so but the bishop, no one it's gonna lose its peace should just lose the peace or should lose a piece by at least getting something out of it. So a bishop taking G two. Okay, um, and then King will take back and you get a piece, But you lost upon. But they'll be at least butter for black. Do that way, then. Absolutely. Just losing a piece. Okay, So just shown you those two examples, But once Iraq moves there, a piece is going to be lost. No marijuana. Okay, here is the next example. Now, this one's ability Ah, a little bit more difficult to find. A lot of time skewers are not just easily seen. Just kind of like, um, with the forks. Um, you pricing one or two positions? Um, from the intro video where you have to create the fourth by may be sacrificing the Petes. Same thing here. Um, a lot of times when you sacrifice a piece, it might be known as another tactic called a decoy, Which, um which means they're moving the peace to a position which is, does not favor its new square. But otherwise we can look at this sacrifice. Which here, if we look, um, these two guys are lined up, but there's no way we cannot plays a piece here in one move were here. So those are not the work and maybe kind of have to think of something. Like, for example, this line here. Right? Okay. We have something there. Possibility. Right. But right now, that would not be anything. Maybe if we place this keen right here, then we might have a possible skewer. Okay, so how we do that is maybe do a sacrifice. Okay, so Knight takes the bishop because we want to king there instead. So Nate takes Bishop. Now the king can decide not to take the night, but then if you count White has three pieces, black only has two. So it came. Almost likely. Take. But now we got the position we want, you know, off here. So we could probably make a possible skewer with the help of this Bishop Movinto G seven, check with this very deadly skewer here. Okay, que moves. Bam! Down goes Bishop. Sometimes you have to sacrifice. Okay, Next position. Try to make these go pretty quickly. It is white to move. Pause your video Answer in 321 Ok, here. As we can tell, um, most like we have to do another skewer. We can see that this cane and this queen are lined up like this. So we have potential warned these pieces skewering right. We have Ah, looking away. This rook is actually protected once and we have two pieces. So why not do a sacrifice and get our skewer? Queen takes right now It's a secure check, but black and take back. And now Bishop takes we have our skewer. Right, Keynes forced to move. Bam! Check it then, Queen. Okay, so here's another one. Um, this looks very difficult. I can tell you wanting right now. If you're looking at this, it looks like you want to move this queen right here to do the skewer. Okay, well, that was a bad era, huh? But this era, right? But the problem is, this rook is protecting the queen, so it's not winning a piece yet, So we have to move this queen somewhere where it cannot be protected. Okay, so maybe if you can find a sacrifice somewhere for White, Um, also known his decoy. Um, maybe we can win that queen. So wait to move, cause your video answer. And three to one, the move would be Bishop T four. Yes, this is Ah, decoy fork. Okay, um, it's a fork, but it looks like a bad fork. But once I should if you remember the skewer trying to show you the queen was being protected. This pork is a threat of winning the queen right off the bed. So black has to take back. But now the queen's not protected. So we move our queen to do this skewer. Now King moves. Bam! Down goes the queen. Right. Okay. I think we got one more. Here. This looks like the last one. Okay, so this is the very last position. Um, we're looking for another sacrifice for so we can possibly move this rook here and skewer. But there is a problem here. Come. This pond is a problem. We have to move this pond somewhere else. Okay, So why to move? Pause A video answer in three to one. Okay. Some will think knight takes pawn, but, um, black doesn't have to take back. Okay? Black does take. Then you do have a skewer. That's not is forcing. Okay, um actually, at night takes pawn queen can actually take this pawn with the check and possibly actually black. Just one tonight. So another way to deal with that pawn is to do a sacrifice pork knight to a four. Check working a king and a queen which now have to use this pond to take back. And when that happens, no. Now we can side the RUC over for skewer Cain moves and take So three things you should have got from this video is one. Skewers are using your piece to attack a bigger piece to a smaller piece. Two skiers are more forcing and happened really fast where pins don't happen as fast and three. A lot of time skewers need help from a sacrifice and move. So those are three things you should have got from this video. So hopefully you guys learned a lot today and are good luck to see at the next video. Thanks for watching. 6. Removing the Defender: Hey, there, it's bad from benzoate chests here with another video and this lesson is about removing the defender. I'm gonna go over this intro problem. Take, give me an idea what removing the defender is. And then I'm going to start giving you multiple problems. Okay? So in this first problem that you see currently right now, we actually have the black pieces as queen and his bishop are As a battery. And they are lining up against this pawn here. And that's to attackers versus one defender. Okay? So blacks thinking, wool, hey, I want a free port. And it goes over here. And it gobbles it up. Like so. But the problem is, this is the only the thunder of the Queen, the black point. And now with these three pieces here, they are blocking a black king. The enemy came and he's actually currently on the backplane rank. So the white rook connects, you go back and check the king. Now, three ways you can get out of check is to take the checker, which we can't run away in which the cane can't either. So now he has to block. And once you move sufficient to block the check, there's no more defending peace on a queen. And then our queen just simply takes the queen. Okay? So here's the first problem I'm giving you. And like it says here, the ES6 night decides to protect his front on B3. So he's protecting began B3. And you came from here. So how can we went a night? Remember, we're trying to remove the defender. And now I'm going to give you the answer. And you can pause your video right now if you want to try solving otherwise, I'm going to give the answer in five seconds if you don't pause. 54321. Ok, so this night is the defender. He's defending his piece. And this is known as removing the defender. So the only way we can remove the defender, since we wanna take as night, we push this pawn here, attack in the night, like so. And after he moves out of the way, he is no longer defending this night. So then we get a free night. Okay. Let's move on. Here's the next problem. And black could have just traded queens, but instead he wanted to play here and double up and have a very strong, strong di file protection and just control the D file. Is that really the correct move? So I'm gonna give you five seconds to pause video. Otherwise, after five seconds, I'm gonna tell you the answer. So in five and it's white to move, okay? So five. Let me remove this. White's move, 54321. Ok? The rook is the protector. We wanna remove the root from protecting the queen. We can. They're a little sacrifice here by given a check which has a fork. And black has a choice to either run away with this cane R12, G7, or take the rook, which he decides to take the rook. But now this queen is unprotected. So now we take the queen. Okay? Why was checking the cane and black decides to black. So right now, the cane is protecting the queen. Here. I'm not gonna give any hence wanted to give, just give you the answer. But I'm gonna give you five seconds to pause your video and try solving on your own. So it's white to move here. What would you play? 54321. Ok, if you haven't pause your video, do have quickly, otherwise, this will either answer. It. Cane is protecting the queen, right? So we want to remove that came from protecting the Queen. So let's give this nice sacrifice here. I'll brooke takes pawn. Soda cans force to take the rook, to at least get something out of the trade. And now your queen will take a free queen. Check. He's still moved. Okay, so what else can we do here? 321, you have a notice, there's a free piece there. Bam. Here is your next problem. It is white to move. I'll give you five seconds. So pause your video. Five. 4321. Ok. Here's a little bit too late, but as Bishop is overly protecting both pieces. So we had to remove that Bishop from protecting or at least the night. So actually, we get a free pawn here. But at the Bishop takes back, well, he takes our night, will take his night because it's not protected anymore. And we actually trade the knights pretty much but 183. Okay, so let's go to the next problem. Here I have an example. And pretty much I'm trying to describe here that the overall goal in this position before we go to the actual problem is black. You're OR-plane black here. And we're just trying to checkmate the enemy chain, which is now White. Okay? He has two squares. We've got two rooks wiggling Swain in here, no problem. And it will be checkmate. So n-bit needs because we got strong rooks as a battery on this second or sun file. Right now it's currently the second. So rope the H2, check ASCO, H1, and then checkmate. This is what we're trying to aim for. For the next problem is going to be very similar. When we get to this problem, the roof just move over here, attacking iraq. We will love to goal here, check and a mate. Well, that's a problem. We can't do that because a white roof connects to take us back. And don't forget your black here, okay? The white ROCC is protecting that square. So we cannot give a checkmate by rook. Two, H2 check. It is black to move. We need to remove the defender somehow. I'll give you five seconds for black, move five, and you can pause your video, 54321. Ok? So the answer is, we have to look at this rook. It's the defender. We have to remove that rock from the funding. So we'll play this queen right here, which is hex rook. And if the rook takes, guess what? Check. Mate. Okay? Now, what if the queen takes instead and send it to the risk-taking? The queen takes. Ok? Well, I'll give you a second to think about this. And pause if you need to, 54321, okay? So if the queen took instead to try and throw a saw Ilia, simple check. And then either here or here is mates. So let's see trend here. Also queen G2 is checkmate. That also works. Okay? Here is another problem, and this one is white to move. This one's a very difficult problem. Okay? We're starting to get more and more difficult here. So it's white to move. I'll you five seconds to pause and try to solve this. Otherwise, I will give you the answer. So 54321. Ok. So here, this is very interesting of a problem you're probably thinking of. Well, if my night takes here, it's xy, check in the cane and check in their own, right. But the problems that queen will take back after that move, which would just end up being a trade. So that doesn't work. The defender is this queen, just defending that Bishop. So we wanna get that fork. So the actual move is taken this rook to take the night, remove the Queen from defending the bishop. After the queen takes getting guess. Yes, it is this knight taking the bishop. Now dead, he came moves. You take the rook. And now if you look at it, we got three pieces versus two. We should be able to win this with the extra night. Okay? We're almost done here. We are almost, almost on. Okay? So here is a very difficult problem. So it is white to move. I'll give you five seconds to pause and try to figure out who was the main defender. We have to get rid of. Okay. 54321. Ok. This is a very difficult. Now, what you're probably hoping for is a simple thing like night comes here to check the king and queen. Pretty much it looks like a checkmate. So the rook will take and Queen, Queen we'll take, right? All it's almost warning. The night takes back, which then it will be a trade. Your training Queens, you're losing night to Iraq. Maybe are Rick will take back buts it's pretty much could be better for black. After this whole calculation is, it's crazy. So the real defenders this night here. So we had to remember. Try to figure out how to remove them. Alright, I get rid of all these arrows, make it easier for you. Okay? We have to erect a that night with rook takes here, right after the politics back. Now we can take this night and jump right here. It has to take what they wrote quarries pretty much lost. Now we can take the Queen and we want material. Okay? Okay, let's go to the next problem. This is the very, very last problem. This is very difficult. As you can see. We have a battery with our two way Brooks, its weight to move. This is not a puzzle to solve because it's very long. Ok? So here white has a threat elbow, back, bring check made with a double rooks on the EVA. No problem is white only has two attackers and broadcast to defenders would share the queen. And the rook. Posterior guys are defending this work here. Their goal for white is to remove a defender on the IE eight squared, which we have three move either the rook, queen against this rope here. Okay? So the first move, if you want to try this, you can pause very quick. Well, I think I got the answers here. Sorry, hard to see this. I mean, you could try looking at dancer, but the first move is you gotta play queen G4. And it's like a queen sacrifice pretty much, right? And that's a queen takes all, then you have check takes back and mate. That's what's going to happen. So that's not gonna happen. It's gonna be a queen right here. Queen, beef, queen, the b5. And we can look at these sides. Alright, so go back, Quinn, G4, queen takes band, Wham, slam, checkmate. Or you go back to this queen to G4, quinoa G4, queen that v5 is the best place to keep on protecting that E8 rook. If I now queen the C4, perfect. And you know what happens? Queen takes its checkmate. So let's for example, queen takes, there'll be slab, right checkmate. So we can't do that. So queen goes there. Quinn goes back to the D7. Now. Queen, the Sea Sun, crazy. This is just crazy. Either the Rucker queen takes and you just only have one defender on the square. So. If he takes here, you only have one defender, and vice versa. B goes there, you only have one defender. So queen V5 has to be played. But if we go back, let's see the two examples. Brooke ticks, check mate. And if we go back, one if takes as to what will happen, okay? So the proper move after C7 is back to b5. Okay? Now, you would think the queen will take, but that's not proper for quintic seats because it doesn't work. So this doesn't work because the C8 and you just have still to protectors. So that's not going to work. Doesn't work. Going back to a four, well, we're gonna go back to cleaning, goes BY five or eight, have to acquaint the thigh. What else does not work? Is rotate E8. Because Yeah, we're gonna see here are tics or takes, queen takes and takes a five. It's only a one over point. Let's go here. After Cain B7, which we want to get too, doesn't work either, because Queen takes here, work, takes E2. This check is good. Throw us off as the night comes here, checks and mate. So there's a lot on our plate here. Play the correct move. And you've got the queen covering here, here. And we just need to get these two covered to force a queen off that is diagonal. That's what we were trying to do. So a4 is thrown, the quinoa. Now, Queen has to take a4. Cleaning, taking work doesn't work. Then work to E4 is very important. Okay? Now what you would think is one of black plays here. This doesn't work because of quinoa CH check. There's only, you know, now to defenders and we actually haven't x-ray attacked here. So we actually have two attackers to defenders, but add three moves. One, we still have to attackers helios one defender. So now we take the queen, work takes back and checkmate. So going back after Queen takes 84, rook to E4 is the best play by Weiss. I'm queen V5 has to be played. Okay? And now quintic C7, we'll do this text here, attacks here and tax here. While this work attacks here, this whole diagonal is blocked off by the queen. The queen is going to move off that diagonal somehow. So now, it doesn't matter what happened. As could be game over. Let's say Queen takes clean, right? Check and mates. Well, lets go back. What if here we're here as a queen takes here, what if queen is S5? All that's still just checkmate there. And went about trying to keep, you know, still three or there. Well, you just lose a queen. So to see it from the very beginning, it starts off Queen G4. Queen goes back trying to get the queen off that diagonal again. Queen stand that diagonal. We attack the queen again. Staying on that diagonal, we have to choose the queen off. This pond is a very important, very important to play right now. Because we need to get that, recovering that square before we take B7. So absolutely queen takes e For now we can cover that square. After Queen comes back here again, we actually gain a free move. And now queen takes and black is lost. Doesn't matter what black does. He has told us. Ok, So that's it for this video. Thank you for watching. And the link to this lesson and these puzzles will be at the end of the course.