Creative Tactical Combinations #1

It’s a great feeling when you find a way to combine two or more tactical patterns in order to produce a creative tactic!

Here’s an example:

Diagram above: Black just played Rh7 to help defend the vulnerable bishop on c7. White to play. What would you do?

Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the solution below!



Diagram above: The first move is Rxc7+.

At first is seems like a mistake. Isn’t white just losing material?

Diagram above: Black is practically forced to play Qxc7.

Now white will unleash a surprise!

Diagram above: 1.Qb1! pins the black queen whilst still protecting the rook on c1.

Even though this tactic is actually quite simple, you can easily miss it if you are not familiar with tactical patterns.

If you want to make an in-depth study of various tactical patterns, you may want to work through my large collection of tactical patterns:


I hope you enjoyed this creative tactical idea and that you will some day get the opportunity to use a similar tactic in your own games!