Chess Tactics – Deflection

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Today we wanted to share with you one of the lessons from the course itself, Deflection. Deflection is one of the chess tactics where we force our opponent to move a piece from its square so that it allows us to deliver a strong attack or even checkmate. It is usually a combination of moves, where the deflected piece is critical to our opponent’s defense.

But most chess players go wrong in the order of moves, i.e. in getting the combination right. When it comes to deflecting a piece, you have to be careful about the move order, so that you literally FORCE your opponent to make the moves you want. If the moves are not forcing, you may not be able to successfully deflect your opponent’s key defender.

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