Sunday, 24 October 2010

Junior Club Week 2: The Fork

A fork is a move in which a piece or pawn attacks two enemy pieces or pawns at the same time.

Above we see examples of forks by a pawn, queen, rook and the king.

and forks by the bishop and "king of forks" knights.

After juniors learn to look after their pieces by not leaving them hanging (on a square where they are attacked with no protection).  The one move fork is the next challenge to keeping those pieces safe.

The following are positions from my early games (as a 30 something).
In this game white has let black's knight start wrecking his position and panics with bishop takes bishop.
Did you spot black's best move knight to f3 forking white's rook, king and queen?

Black (me again) has just greedily taken on e4.
Did you spot Queen to a4 forking the king and the knight?

Its not just the juniors that have to watch for simple forks...

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