Exercise #11

tactics exercise 11
White to move. Note that 1.Bxd7+ Rxd7 still leaves white in a bad situation. Can you find something better?

Solution

tactics exercise 11 solution

1. Qa4

White’s move threatens to win the pinned black rook on d7. (White now has 3 attackers on the rook, black has only 2 defenders.)

The only way for black to give extra defense to the rook, Qe7, will leave the c6-square unprotected – which allows Qc6+, followed by Bxd7.

Note: 1. Qd3 is not as good because black simply plays Kc7! Keep in mind that white is already down in material, so exchanging his bishop for a rook would still leave him in a bad situation.

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