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# Fork

A fork is a chess tactic whereby a single piece makes multiple threats at the same time. Even though a fork is sometimes referred to as a double attack, they aren’t quite the same thing.

### The Difference Between a Fork Tactic and a Double Attack

To be clear, a double attack is a broad term that refers to making multiple threats at the same time (with one or more pieces).

A fork, on the other hand, is when multiple threats are made by a single piece.

Any chess piece can perform a fork tactic, even the pawn, but it often involves the queen (because she can attack in many directions) or the knight (because of its unique movement in any direction).

## 5 Examples of Fork Tactics

The examples below will help you get a better understanding of fork tactics.

### Fork Tactics | Example #1

White just played 1.Rd1, threatening to capture your knight on the next move. How should you respond?

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The idea 1… Nf4+ only works because the pawns on g3 and e3 are both pinned, respectively by the queen on g6 and the rook on e8.

### Royal Fork

Note: A fork tactic against a king and queen is known as a “Royal Fork”. And if you ever get the opportunity to fork a king and queen and rook, all at the same time, that would be a “Family Fork”.

### Fork Tactics | Example #2

The next example illustrates that even simple forks can be very tricky, particularly when the knights are involved:

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#### Solution

1. If black takes the knight, 1… Rxc6? then 2.Rb8+ leads to a back-rank checkmate.
2. From c6, the white knight also attacks the a7-square, which implies black can’t even play 1… Ra7 (to defend the e7-square).

### Fork Tactics | Example #3

In the next example black can win a few points in material by playing 1… Nd3+ 2.Qxd3 Qxb2+. It seems good enough, but is there something even better?

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When you see a good move (1.Nxd3), look for a better one (1.Qxb2!). Sometimes a tactical idea can be improved on by simply changing the move-order.

### Knight Fork

Among amateur chess players, knights forks are notorious for being unexpected. This is because knight forks are harder to spot due to the non-linear movements of the knight.

### Fork Tactics | Example #4

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This tactic works because after 1… Qxg3 2.Kxg3 Ne4+, the pawn on f3 is pinned by the rook on e3. At the same time white can’t play 3.Kf2 (attacking the rook on e3), because white’s knight is on e4.

### Fork Tactics | Example #5

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The real beauty of white’s move lies in the fact that if black plays 1… Qxf5, then 2.Nxd6+ again forks the black king and queen!

I hope you enjoyed these fork tactics and that you will soon get the chance to use it against your opponent!