What is the double attack chess tactic?
The chess tactic known as “Double Attack” is a strategy that involves attacking two or more pieces or pawns of the opponent with one move. Double attacks are powerful as they force the opponent to make a quick decision and can lead to gain of material or checkmate.
How to execute Double attacks in chess?
Double attacks can be executed in various ways, such as discovered attacks, forks, or pins. A discovered attack is when a piece moves out of the way to attack another piece, a fork is when a piece attacks two or more pieces at once, and a pin is when a piece is attacking a piece and it can’t move without exposing a more valuable piece behind it. Double attacks are particularly effective in the middle game when the opponent’s pieces are not yet developed and their king is not yet castled.
History traced back to the games of Wilhelm Steinitz
The concept of the double attack can be traced back to the games of the great chess player and chess theorist, Wilhelm Steinitz. Steinitz was known for his ability to create positions where he was able to attack multiple pieces at once, which is considered to be one of the key elements of chess strategy.