Relative Bishop Fork Attack:
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Relative Chess Fork Attack
[Relative Bishop Fork]

Relative Bishop Fork, Example
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Chess Fork Attack, Relative Bishop Fork example.This image shows an example of two Black pieces, as highlighted (yellow squares), which have been slotted into the pattern ripe for a double attack by a Bishop, with White's Bg3 within
attacking range.

The pattern you need to look out for: Notice how neither Black piece is capable of defending itself, or the other, along the same dark-square diagonal, which is accessible by White's dark-square Bishop.

Knights & Rooks are the pieces vulnerable to a Bishop Fork. Beware placing them along the same diagonal path, which can be immediately accessed by the adverse Bishop that roams the same-colour square.

Relative Bishop Fork, Example
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Relative Bishop Fork, Example
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In this example, Black moves his Knight to d4, presumably to prepare to guard the advance of his King's Pawns.

Unfortunately, that square puts the Knight on the diagonal with his Rook ...

White sees that Rook is totally blocked in, and notices an opportunity to play a Bishop Fork Attack ...

This is a Relative Fork attack and Black has a quick opportunity to turn the tables on White, by moving his d4 Knight, to e2 ...

This would "Check" White's King, forcing him to move, which would allow Black to put his other Knight onto f6.

That move would see the Knight captured, on White's next turn, but the more-valuable Rook would be able to escape.

Moving On: Example of a Relative Rook Fork (Page 5).

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