The Windmill is a chess tactic that involves repeatedly attacking and recapturing the same piece, creating a “wheeling” motion that can be used to gain material or checkmate the opponent. The tactic is named for the resemblance of the movement of the pieces to a windmill.
The history of the Windmill tactic can be traced back to the 19th century, when it was first documented by the German chess player and author, Paul Rudolf von Bilguer in his book “Handbuch des Schachspiels”. Since then, it has been used in various games by both amateur and professional players.
The Windmill tactic can be executed in different ways, but it typically involves a rook or queen repeatedly attacking and capturing a piece, while the opponent’s pieces are unable to capture it back. This creates a “wheeling” motion that can be used to gain material or checkmate the opponent.
To execute the Windmill tactic, the player must have a clear understanding of the pawn structure and the placement of their pieces on the board. The player must also be able to anticipate their opponent’s moves and have a good sense of timing.