This is a common tactic in various openings. It goes like this:

  • A bishop pins your knight to your queen
  • You sacrifice your bishop with check to attract the king forward
  • You give a check with your "pinned" knight to win the bishop that pinned you

Here is an example:

[FEN "rn1qkb1r/pp3ppp/2p2n2/4p3/2BPP1b1/5N2/PPP3PP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 4 7"]

7. Bxf7+! Kxf7 8. Nxe5+ Kg8 9. Nxg4

Does this tactic have a name?

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    doesn't have a special name afaik like 'hook and ladder' but does appear to be a combination of attraction, fork, pin, sacrifice, hanging piece (the pawn), attacking f2 or f7. if it has a special name, then i wanna know. clicks follow. edit: to be more specific, i believe it's not an absolute pin
    – BCLC
    Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 17:11

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Yes; this is called attraction. In this position, the White bishop attracts the Black king to f7 in order for the f3 knight to give check on e5, forking the king and bishop. This combination wins White two pawns.

  • Is this the same as what PDB means by the keyword "steering" (Ger.: Lenkung)?
    – Rosie F
    Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 9:35

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