Double Check: Part of the Check to Checkmate Guide
When a King is caught by a Double Check, it is being directly attacked from two different, enemy pieces, at the same time.
In most situations, a King will be Checked by a single piece, from somewhere on the board.
The image (right) shows Black's King being Doubled Checked. White's Bd5+ move from f3 to uncover another attack on the King by Rf1+.
A King is most vulnerable, from this double attack, during the latter stages of a game, when there's less all-round protection.
You can watch a few examples, below ...
Double Check, Example 1
At the moment, the Black King isn't in Check, but IS in big trouble, with little protection and supporting pieces - Rook and Knight - being in poor positions for dealing with any threats to their King.
Notice the position of White's Rook and Bishop ...
You'll see Black's King is on the same White coloured squares as White's Bishop.
By moving from f3 to d5, not only does White's Bishop place Black's King in Check, but it uncovers direct line of sight for White's Rook to also Check Black's King.
Double Check, Example 2
In this example, White's Rook is currently covering the threat to Black's King, by the White Bishop at g3 ...
But, as soon as White's Rook moves up to e8, the Double Check is on, by both the Bishop and Rook.
And yes, once again, this is a Discovered Check.
Double Check, Example 3
In our third example, White's Knight is shielding Black's King from attack by White's Queen ...
But, as soon as White's Knight moves to d5 - although it could equally have been h5 - both it and the White Queen are simultaneously Checking Black's King.
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