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Forcing moves: mix

You have learned four types of forcing moves:

  • Checks
  • Captures
  • Attacks
  • Mate threats

Why are forcing moves so important?

  • Forcing moves can change the position to your advantage! A sequence of forcing moves often results in a simple win.
  • Forcing moves are time savers. Looking for forcing moves first, will help you cut down on the amount of moves that you have to calculate. It is not unseen that a player loses the game from a winning position because he has wasted his time in calculating obscure plans, while he had a forcing combination that would have won him the game right away.
  • By limiting your opponent’s options, you reduce the risk of making calculation mistakes.

What do you have to do?
Resolve complex positions by limiting your calculation to forcing moves. And have fun!