Exercise #18

tactics exercise 18
White to play. How can you use a pin to your advantage?

Solution

tactics exercise 18 solution

1. Rb4! Qf5 2. g4 traps the black queen.

This tactical idea is based on two important observations:

  • White can play Rb4 because the knight on d5 is pinned.
  • The black queen is in a vulnerable situation and already limited in mobility. High-valued pieces are often targets in tactical combinations.

Alternatively:

1. Rb4 Qxb4 2. Bxb4 and white will be ahead in material.

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