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Double Attacks - Part 1

Garry Kasparov

Lesson time 21:17 min

The double attack is a simple concept that can often be deadly. Garry offers elegant examples to show its power—and how to defend yourself from it.

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Double attack is a pretty simple concept. But it could be deadly. It could decide the game. And we first should look at a few situations where double attack leads to winning material. So let's start with position with black rook on c4. Black knight is on e6. And now if we place our bishop-- consider we're playing White-- on d5, so it attacks both the rook and the knight. And unless, other black pieces can either come to rescue, material loss is inevitable. We can have another situation. So this is now-- we can look at the rook. Rook in the center-- for instance, let's put it on d5 again-- attacks two white pieces, black pieces, knight on a5, bishop on h5. They all at the edge of the board. And again, unless something else happens, the material loss is inevitable. Because rook attacks both of them. But, of course, every other piece can also make a double attack. And most picturesque is a pawn and the knight. And let's look what happens, When we have pawn powered by the knight and pieces that are being attacked is a king and a queen. So king on b6. Black queen is on d6. And pawn on c4 now moves to c5. And it's a check. And you can see, it's a fork. Attacks the king and a queen. Knight protects the pawn. And material loss is inevitable. Black loses her queen. But we can make it a little bit more complicated and even more interesting. So if white knight is not on b3 but on c3, it does not support the pawn any longer. So if pawn moves on c5, it's a sacrifice. But it's not a real sacrifice. Because by sacrificing this pawn, white forces one of the black pieces to move to the c5 square. Thus creating an opportunity for knight fork. So if queen takes this pawn, then knight goes on a4. And we could see, it's a fork. Now if black king takes this pawn, then knight goes on e4. And it's another fork. Just as a rule, you should always remember that if two pieces-- your opponent's pieces-- are standing at the squares of the same color and close to each other, there's always an opportunity for your knight to cause damage by forking them. A double attack is not the end of world. So we look at the attacking motion, but we also think about defense. The pawn is the least valuable piece. Though I would warn you against underestimating the value of each pawn. The stronger you are getting, more important each pawn is. And while we analyze endgames, you will see how much power a pawn can demonstrate in some endgames and how complicated these endgames. But when we are looking at some dynamic situations, obviously pawn could be a good tool to bring the opponent's pieces in an awkward situation where the rest of your army can go after them and cause real damage. In chess, I would be very cautious in evaluating everything in material values. Because sometimes, the spirit prevails. And that's w...

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Love the videos! The only thing would be great if the annoying popup on PAUSE would be hidden by default. I'm pausing the video a lot to watch the board and all the time I have to hide the "Learn more" popup. Thanks

Katharine Y.

Very inspiring---I love what he said about using real chess pieces to learn....fantastic so far! :)

A fellow student

To remove the annoying popup, enter the following in the address bar and hit enter: javascript:document.getElementsByClassName("bc-player__screen--pausescreen")[0].remove();


His approach is very psychological, his advice is very interesting because it gives importance to the instincts movements. I have never think that it was going too important aspect when you play chess. Maybe its is possible make combination between emotions and logical movements. I found very interesting the fact that you can give your own personality to your game.

Allexandru I.

When you pause the video(this is a problem for all courses) to see something on screen a little longer, you can't see the video, because on the screen appears "learn more" and "next lesson". You should find another way to put these. Maybe on the side...

A fellow student

WHY does he say you need to look at a real chessboard but then force us to see the real board at an angle and a fake representation next to it!!!!????? STUPID

A fellow student

*SPOILER* I have a question about the game with Beliavsky, shown around 19:00. What happens after 1. Nc7 Rxd1 2. Rxd1 Nc5? This appears to defend both the bishop on e6 and the pawn on b7, while also attacking white's bishop on e4. For example, if white tries 3. Nxe6 with the intention to take on b7 next, it seems like black won't recapture the knight but will rather play 3. ... Nxe4, thus removing the attacker of b7, where no more pieces seem to be hanging. If white tries 3. Bxc5, then black has 3. ...Rxc7, and 4. Rd8+ is then met by 4. ... Bg8, defending, where even if white piles onto the bishop on g8 with 5. Bd5, black seems to have 5. ...Ne7, defending while also attacking the bishop, and allowing time for moves like h6 and Kh7. Can someone explain to me the refutation of 3. ...Nc5?

Mike D.

Wierd to see h on the left and a on the right (and the black king on the white queen square).

A fellow student

For all the people asking to remove the overlay when the video is paused, there's a very simple way: Just use the «Hide details» button placed on the left superior corner of the screen. That will do. :)

A fellow student

Please remove the overlay when the video is paused - it's impossible to pause and look at the details.