The Decoy Tactic, Example 1:
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The Decoy Tactic
[Example 1]

The Decoy Tactic, Example 1
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Decoy Tactic, Example 1The ultimate target, for White, in this scenario, is to capture Black's Bf6, which is currently guarded only by Black's g7-Pawn.

The Decoy move, planned by White, is Qf3-f5, with f5 highlighted as the Decoy square.

The objective is to get Black to defend the h7-Pawn, which is vulnerable (being defended by the King only), thereby leaving Bf6 unguarded. White can then play Qxf6, for a free lunch.

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In this example, Black's f6 Bishop is the target.

But, in order for White's attack to succeed, Black's g7 Pawn must be forced to leave its current square, where it protects its Bishop.

Move 1, White's Queen steps diagonally-forward, onto f3, in preparation for her assault; Black's Rook, on the a-file, slides right, across to e8.

Move 2, White's Queen goes up to f5 - the Decoy move; Black's g-file Pawn advances to g6.

Move 3, White's Queen is free to safely capture (x) Black's Bishop, on f6.

Why did Black's Pawn leave the protection of its Bishop? ...

The answer lies with the formation of White's d3 Bishop and f5 Queen, on Move 2, of the sequence ...

Together, they're forming a Battery Attack, on the Diagonal path, towards Black's h7 Pawn.

If White's Queen were to capture that Pawn, with her Bishop for back-up, she'd "Checkmate" Black's King.

Moving On: Decoy Tactic, Example 2 (Page 3).

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