What is X-ray attack in chess?
The chess tactic known as “X-ray Attack”, also known as X-Ray Defense is a strategy that involves attacking a piece by targeting a different piece or pawn that is behind it, which is indirectly attacking the original piece.
Created by Aron Nimzowitsch
The concept of the X-ray attack can be traced back to the games of the great chess player and chess theorist, Aron Nimzowitsch. Nimzowitsch was known for his ability to create positions where he was able to indirectly attack his opponent’s pieces and force them to move.
Indirectly Attacking the Original Target
The X-ray attack tactic can be done by creating discovered attacks, pins, or by attacking the piece through a piece or pawn that is behind it. The X-ray attack 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.