The Deflection Tactic, Example 3:
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The Deflection Tactic
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The Deflection Tactic, Example 3
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Deflection Tactic, Example 3Historical Game:
Vancouver, 1981

The Goal: White spots an opportunity to capture multiple enemy targets with his Ne4, due to the specific distribution of Black's Pawns and Pieces, which leaves them in position for a series of Absolute and Relative Fork Attacks.

The Problem: Black's Qd8, as highlighted (yellow square), guards ALL intended targets.

The Solution: Deflect Black's Queen off the d8-square. The square highlighted in green is the actual Deflection square Yasser Seirawan (White) utilized in the game.

White's Rc2, as highlighted (red square), was used as a sacrifice to help draw Black's Queen off the key d8-square. As an added bonus, Rc2 also takes Black's Nc8, in the process.

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Historical Game:
Seirawan-Sulsky, Vancouver, 1981

Seirawan (White) can see that he needs to chase - Deflect - Black's Queen away from her d8 square. The purpose is to gain free reign for his e4 Knight to complete a successful raid, that'll capture Black's f6 Bishop and d7 Rook, with potential for another capture to follow.

Move 1, White uses his Rook to capture (x) Black's Knight, on c8 ...

In the actual game, Black Resigns. But, if he were to play on, this would be the result of a successful Deflection by White ...

Black would have no choice but to use his Queen to capture (x) White's Rook, on c8.

Move 2, White then uses his kNight to capture (x) Black's Bishop, on f6, creating an Absolute Fork, putting Black's King in "Check" (+) ...

Black must then ignore the stricken d7 Rook and move his King out of danger, with the better choice being a forward march, to g7.

Move 3, White again uses his kNight, this time capturing (x) Black's Rook, on d7.

As for Black, he would now have to decide which piece to lose next - the b6 Pawn, or the f8 Rook ... and, that's what Black foresaw, explaining why he chose to Resign, following White's cunning use of the Deflection tactic.

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