Questions tagged [attack]

A concept in chess that involves targeting one of the opponent's pieces or a construct of them. For example, one can attack the opponent's king or pawn structure.

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When is castling needed?

I am a rookie in chess. I can't understand why castling is needed. In what scenarios is castling useful?
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

If my opponent brings out his/her queen early in the game, I usually attack it with my own queen. The opponent can either accept the trade or reject it. If he/she accepts, I have no questions at all. ...
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To what extent should you prevent your opponent from castling?

I normally try to prevent my opponent from castling if possible, by forcing their king to move or keeping an attacking piece on a diagonal or file. I tend to make this a priority, giving up the ...
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How do you solve chess tactics?

Do you just grind them, or do you save some of the chess tactics that you miss? Do you ever annotate your chess tactics? Do you try to remember certain patterns and main ideas? Do you categorize ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

If Black has castled kingside and White castled queenside or kingside, and White wants to launch an attack by a pawn storm. How do you know that you should start with h4 first or g4 first? I know that ...
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What are White's advantages against the Greco Defense?

After the first two moves of the Greco Defense [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Qf6 what should White's agenda be? I see that the wikibook Chess Opening Theory suggests 3. Bc4, but it doesn't go into ...
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Counting attackers and defenders, which pieces count?

I've heard multiple times the idea of counting attackers and defenders in estimating whether an attack/sacrifice will succeed. However, I think authors are quite loose in counting who is the attacker ...
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How to attack in Scandinavian Defense

After 10 moves as Black, I often end up in a position very close to this, where I still have left my options open about castling. [FEN "r3k2r/ppqn1ppp/2pbpn2/5bB1/2B5/P1NP1N1P/1PP2PP1/R2Q1RK1 w ...
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French Defense Exchange variation - Qh5?

[fen ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Bd6 5. Nc3 Ne7 6. Qh5 I played this as white, and my last move seem to bother my opponent a lot. So I'd like to know if 5. ... Ne7 is correct and if my ...
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Engine not necessarily playing strong but “attractive”

Does anyone know a chess engine that is not programmed to be as strong as possible, but to play "attractive" chess ? The program should have an aggressive style and play for mate attacks, even if ...
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Finding checkmate sequence / Successful attack completion

Among my weaknesses (which I am aware of), the most irritating and the most important for me, at this point, is "checkmate blindness", whether because of time pressure or because of any other reason. ...
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Are aggressive attacking and tactical playeing the same?

What's the difference? Both look same to me.
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White have an advantage with the first move [duplicate]

I am beginner in chess but in my mind one question overcome, Does white have an advantage with the first move?
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How to break through a stubborn Semi-Slav?

With every other middlegame formation, I know more or less what I would do if I were given a load of free tempi, and thus, what I should aim for in the present. However, concerning a highly defensive ...
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How would you analyze this critical position from my most recent game?

r1b2r2/1p2bp1k/p3p2p/2qnN3/2B4Q/2P3R1/PP3PPP/2K1R3 w - - 4 20 In the diagram position, I was white. I had sacrificed a bishop for a pawn for a huge attack on the black king. I realized during the ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

I've been playing the Smith-Morra Gambit (e4 c5 d4 cxd4 c3) against the Sicilian defense for about 2 years. I have a tournament coming up in 3 days and I am beginning to doubt if the Smith-Morra would ...
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Aggressive Attacking Lines for Black in the French Defence Exchange Variation

I have recently taken a liking to the French Defence as black because I enjoy the counter-attacking options that black has to undermine white's center in the Tarrasch, Advance, and 3. Nc3 variations. ...
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Is the French Defence good against 1.e4 for tactical play?

I usually play 1...e6 (French Defence) against 1.e4. I love to play tactical games. Is the French opening good for me? My primary aim in a chess game is to develop an attack against the opponent's ...
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Does the King's Indian Attack need the e5 pawn push to attack on the kingside?

So from what I understand, a kingside attack can be started as long as the centre is closed. I very recently started looking into the King's Indian Attack as an opening for white against the French ...
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Could this kind of inaccurate sacrifice be countered?

I recently played a Lichess Bullet Game as White. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.h4 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.g3 Bc5 5.Nc3 d6 6.a3 O-O 7.b4 Bxf2+ 8.Kxf2 Ng4+ 9.Ke1 a6 10.Bh3 Nd4 11.Bxg4 b5 12.Bxc8 Rxc8 13.Nge2 Nxe2 14....
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Neither Attacking nor Defending?

I am a novice in chess. After about ten moves, I sometimes get into a situation where I am neither attacking nor defending and really can't figure out what my next move should be (that is I don't want ...
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Why did Kasparov avoid the Marshall Attack?(With White)

I read that during Kasparov's long chess career he always avoided the Marshall attack with Anti-Marshalls (h3 and a4). This seems very counter-intuitive to me since the positions that arise from the ...
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Why is g5 much better than gxh5 in this position of Anand?

To me, Anand's 13. g5 instead of 13. gxh5 was very surprising. [Title "Vishwanathan Anand vs Nafiz Ediz İlhan, chess24.com"] [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. ...
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Can Black finish off White?

The below position arose from the Queen's Gambit ( Exchange variation ). [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "2b1rnk1/1pr1qppp/p1p5/2Pp4/P2P4/1R1BPN1P/2Q2PP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1"] I have ...
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Attacking play in chess

How do I play in an attacking manner? I know it sounds silly, but whenever I play, I am usually on the defensive. My opponents attack, forcing me into a corner, and usually won. The few times I attack,...
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How could I have improved my attack in this game?

I won the game easily because my opponent left a rook hanging in the end. I believe I missed opportunities to build a stronger attack, but I am not sure how I could have done so. [FEN ""] 1.d4 e5 2....
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Is there an aggresive opening for black if white does not accept the Traxler's counterattack?

I want to play sharp, complicated Traxler games in bullet. To do this, I must play the Two Knights Defence. The problem is that rarely people go for the Fried Liver, and usually I play the Four ...
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Tricky continuation to the Fried Liver “refuted”

Suppose white gets the following opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 This is what I call Fried Liver Refuted, instead of Nxd5 we get instead Na5. From ...
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Are gambits a good way to improve tactical awareness (for strong amateurs)?

As gambits are all about activity, initiative, and attack, should I start playing gambits to increase my awareness and all these things?
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Potential exchange sacrifice in a King's Indian Defence middlegame

[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. b4 Nf6 ...
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How can I play sharp in positional openings (English, Closed Sicilian, Giuoco Pianissimo)?

Learning to trust your intuition is an important part of developing as a strong player. If you sacrifice and you are wrong, you will probably lose. On the other hand, if you do not sacrifice and you ...
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Building a chess using magic bitboard… how do I know if the movement is valid

OK I have read a lot of things on the web most of them using Java that doesn't have unsigned int. I am working on Objective-C that has unsigned int. Lets consider the following scenario. The board ...
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All-out attack or slow attack

Today I was playing chess against somebody at my internship company. He went all-out attack in the begin and I was only defending. He actually made some mistakes and lost his queen, rook and bishop. I ...
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How could I defend/attack in this situation?

How could I defend/attack in this situation? I feel that I'm in big trouble. [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 Nxe4 3.Bc4 Nxf2 4.Kxf2 d5 5.Bxd5 Qxd5 6.Ke1 e5 7.dxe5 Qxe5+ 8.Qe2 Bb4+ 9.c3 Nc6 10....
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Is there a term for when each player captures a sequence of pieces without recaptures?

There is a situation that arises occasionally, where each player goes on a rampage through the other player's pieces (often using a queen), never stopping to recapture or defend. It usually ends when ...
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Kasparov quote on the simple math behind attacking

I've seen several references to a certain Kasparov quote that paraphrase the idea of the quote without giving the actual text of the quote, or indicating where he said it. The idea is something like &...
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...
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How many attacks can be focused on one point?

How many "possible" attacks can be focused on one point on the board? For instance the pawn in E5: What is the maximum (realistic) amount of attacks that are focused on a single point on the board?
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how to break through using pawn storm

This is a game I played against my phone. I think I have an attacking chance with pawn storm. But staring at the situation for a bit, I can't find a plan to bring down black's defense. When attacking ...
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Life imitates chess: is a player' style of play determined by personality and can style of play be altered? [closed]

There's a popular saying along the lines of "life imitates chess", my understanding is that cool, calm and collected players like Karpov will tend to opt for positional play while unsettled skittish ...
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Can White defend and possibly win?

[FEN "1nkr2nr/pppp2pp/2b2p2/3q4/3P4/1NQ5/P1P2PPP/R1B1R1K1 w KQkq - 0 1"] Can White possibly win in this position and avoid a queen mate on g2?
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How does black break into the position? What is a good plan for black?

[fen ""] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bd6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.c3? O-O 7.O-O Ng6 8.Nbd2 Nf4 9.Re1 Nxe2+ 10.Rxe2 Black's plan in the beginning was to take advantage of the (to-be) weak light squares ...
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Is targeting the f7/f2 square in bughouse a good rule of thumb?

In Bughouse, players often target the f2/f7 square; it is common to see a minor sack on f7, followed by a knight on g5 delivering check and breaching through the opponent's defenses. I recently ...
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Why is Tal talking about 10. Qf7 when 10… N5f6 is possible?

I am picking from the book "Attack with Mikhail Tal" Chapter 1, pg 6. Tal annotates the steps and his thought process on the Tal-Larsen 1965 match. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. ...
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An unnecessary threat?

I found myself in a game with this position. Last Black's move was a Queenside castle, which let him a little bit uncovered. My first spontaneous move idea (which I finally played, because of time ...
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Game since 2014 with both kings under fire

Does anyone know a game since 2014 with both players at least ELO 2000, where both kings are about to be checkmated and the game ends because one side cannot avoid checkmate ?
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How would you make a queenside pawn storm opening idea work?

I played a Lichess bullet game as Black in which I disregarded any opening theory because I just wanted to mount up a pawn storm on the queenside. Has anybody come across this idea? It seems to me ...
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Is the Four Pawns Attack against the Alekhine opening promising for White?

The latest version of Stockfish 12 thinks that the Four Pawns Attack is the most promising variation for White against the Alekhine Defense 1.e4 Nf6, But it evaluated the position resulting from the ...
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Attacking as Black in the Caro-Kann

Is it possible to play the Caro-Kann aggressively/tactically as Black? What are the attacking chances/ideas for black in the Caro-Kann? Or is it simply the wrong opening for that? I found a few ...
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Why is b3 a blunder?

[FEN "r2q2nr/p3kppp/3bp3/2p2b2/Bn1P4/1P2PN2/4NPPP/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 13"] I dont see whats wrong in b3 I am making some space to bring black bishop into game attacking nb4