Tactics

Removing the defender

One of the simplest tactics. Remove the defender of a piece and
take the piece. In the following position, white takes the knight on C6 with his bishop,
then wins the bishop on d4



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Discovery Attack

One of the most commonly overlooked tactics that I have noticed
in kungfuchess. Move all your pieces out of the way, and take the enemy piece!
In the following diagram white moves his knight and bishop to grab a piece that his opponent
has just moved to d4.



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Take and defend

Take a piece and defend your piece. If necessary, defend
several times. In the following example, white takes the pawn on d5 and then defends it by
pushing his pawns to c4 and e4. His knight is now amply defended and white wins the pawn.
This also brings in the issue of timing: in this example it is best if white first plays
pawn to e4, and then plays knight takes d5 before the pawn gets to e4. Otherwise, white could
have no piece to recapture with and lose his knight entirely.



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Block and take

Block the defense of a piece and take it. Make sure your blocking
piece gets close enough to actually block before you take, otherwise they can get to you
before your block is possible. This tactic has saved many losing players from defeat.
In the following position white goes from almost being checkmated to winning the game!
He has 2 possible blocks: 1) pawn to d5 + take the queen or 2) rook to b3 + take the queen.



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King attack

This is when you decide to go all out to kill the enemy king. Try
to cover all possible escape squares, however, if you do not think the enemy can push a piece
+ a pawn + move his king to an escape square in time before your pieces get to him, go for it!
In the following position, white first moves his dark squared bishop to h8, light-squared
bishop to g8 then moves his knight to g5 to cover the h7 square. It is important to actually move
both of the attacking bishops, so that white does not get blocked by a piece and have
his attack fizzle.

Update: White cannot actually checkmate black from this position. If black realizes what is happening - and
moves quickly, he can survive as follows: Right away, immediately push the H pawn to h6. Then the king has an escape
square on h7. If white tries to move his knight first, immediately play pawn to h6. Then the pawn will be able to take
the knight, and the king can escape on h7. The key is that white must be able to move his knight to g5, to cover h7,
before black can prevent that. Therefore it is probably wise to move the knight FIRST, then the 2 bishops, as a last
chance to survive.



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