What is the overloaded piece chess tactic?
The chess tactic known as “Overloaded Piece” is a strategy that involves placing a piece in a position where it is required to defend multiple pieces or pawns, making it unable to carry out its usual function. This can be done by creating forks, pins, or by attacking the piece. The overloaded piece creates threats against the opponent’s pieces and can force the opponent to move their pieces to defend, creating weaknesses in the opponent’s position.
Introduced by Jose Raul Capablanca
The concept of the overloaded piece can be traced back to the games of the great chess player and chess theorist, Jose Raul Capablanca. Capablanca was known for his ability to create positions where his opponent’s pieces were overworked and unable to carry out their usual function.