Relative Rook Skewer Attack, Example:
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Relative Rook Skewer, Example
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Chess Skewer Attack, Relative Rook Skewer example.The Skewer Attack: Relative Rook Skewer by White's Rf3 (red square).

The Victim: Black's Bf5 is attacked, standing in front of the Nf8.

The Result: With this being a Skewer example, Black has deemed the Bishop to be MORE-valuable, because of its long-range attacking ability and the Center being Open, so would move the Bishop and let the Knight get captured.

If the Center had been Closed (with Pawns interlocked), Black may have chosen the Knight as the more-valuable Piece, in which case, this would change from a Skewer into a Pin Attack, with the Bishop staying in front.

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In this example, Black moves his Bishop to f5 ... an error that plays into the strengths of White's Rook, which can attack from range along the horizontal and vertical lines.

White sees its opportunity for a Rook Skewer Attack, at f3.

And now, this is a bit of a 50:50 call for Black ... Both the Knight and Bishop are equal, in terms of relative value, so which one would be better saved?

It could just come down to which piece you feel more at ease playing with: if you prefer dealing with the Knight, the Bishop would be the one to let go.

Moving On: Relative Queen Skewer, Example (Page 4).

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