In the position below it is white’s turn to move. The title already gives you a clue as to what you should be looking for. Can you find the tactic that wins material?
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The black bishop on e7 seems to be pretty well defended.
One would think that such a well defended piece will not be vulnerable to tactics? Wrong, this bishop is not safe! White can use a short combination of moves to remove all the defenders and then capture the bishop.
But not only does this move capture a defender, it also lures the black queen away from defending the bishop on e7.
Black pretty much has to play Qxd5, else he just lost a piece in any case.
The bishop has only one defender remaining. But white can deal with this too.
Nxc6 also creates the discovered attack threat – Qxd5. At the same time white is threatening the “in-between move” Nxe7+!
There is no way for black to deal with both threats: Qxd5 & Nxe7+. The best black can do is to play Qxc6 to prevent losing even more material.
Note that if black played Qxd1 (instead of Qxc6), then white would play Nxe7+, followed by Rxd1. In this case white would have kept his knight AND won the bishop, instead of just the bishop.
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