The Deflection Tactic:
Part of the Chess Tactics Guide
Chess Tactics Guide
The Deflection Tactic
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Deflection is a cunning kind of decoy tactic used in the build-up to a main assault, where your opponent has a piece guarding a square or region of the Chess Board that would give you great attacking potential.
The Deflection tactic may involve sending out a piece - the decoy/agitator/bait - on what may well be a suicide mission; but, the overall advantage will be worth the sacrifice, as you will see from these examples ...
The Deflection Tactic Index
Three examples of the Deflection tactic being used ...
- Deflection, Example 1 (page 2)
(After White's Re2xe8+ and Black's Rc8xe8) White wins by Checkmate, with Re1xe8#.
Black's Qd7 can scupper White's plan.
White uses Qd4 to Deflect
the Black Queen away from guarding the e8-square.
- Deflection, Example 2 (page 3)
(After Black's Rf2-h2+
and White's Kh1-g1) Black wins by Checkmate, with Re2-g2#.
White's Rh3 can
deal with Re2-h2+, ending this Checkmate threat.
Black's Qa7-e3 is sacrificed, to Deflect
White's Rh3 away from the h-file, enabling the intended Checkmate.
- Deflection, Example 3 (page 4)
White to make multiple captures with Ne4 and a series of Fork Attacks.
Black's Qd8 guards ALL the intended targets.
White's Rc2 is used
Black's Queen off the key
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