Relative Rook Fork Attack:
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Relative Chess Fork Attack
[Relative Rook Fork]

Relative Rook Fork, Example
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Chess Fork Attack, Relative Rook 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 Rook, with White's Re1 within
attacking range.

The pattern you need to look out for: this time, in contrast with the Bishop Fork, neither Black piece is able to defend itself, or the other, along the same straight line, which can be reached by White's Rook, from e1.

Knights & Bishops are the pieces vulnerable to a Rook Fork. Beware placing them inline, on either the same Rank or File, that's immediately accessible by an enemy Rook.

Relative Rook Fork, Example
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In this example, Black's Bishop is sent to g4, level on the same Rank as his d4 Knight.

White sees the opportunity to launch a Rook Fork Attack, at d4, which neatly cuts between Black's two, level pieces.

Black must now decide which piece is more valuable ... Given the fact Black still has another Knight, it might make more sense to sacrifice the Bishop.

Having just one Bishop is more of a handicap, as the opponent's King just has to stay on the opposite colour squares and that Bishop will most likely be redundant.

Moving On: Example of a Relative Queen Fork (Page 6).

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