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Deflection (chess)

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Deflection (chess)

Deflection in chess is a tactic that forces an opposing piece to leave the square, rank or file it occupies, thus exposing the king or a valuable piece.[1] It is typically used in the context of a combination or attack, where the deflected piece is critical to the defence. Deflection may be used as a gambit to cause an opponent's piece to move to a less suitable square.[2] Deflections are often used as part of a combination which may involve other types of chess tactics as well.

If the deflected piece happens to be an overworked piece then the opponent's defense instantly crumbles, making victory imminent to the one who employed the deflection.[3]

a b c d e f g h
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
e7 black pawn
f7 white bishop
h7 black pawn
f6 black knight
g6 black pawn
c5 white pawn
c3 white knight
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
c2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
In this position, White's bishop has captured the pawn at f7, forcing Black's king to recapture the bishop, thereby leaving Black's queen undefended and lost on the next move.

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ The Hook & Ladder Trick Chess Life Dana Mackenzie

External links

  • Chess Tactics Repository - Deflection - Collection of chess problems on deflection
  • 101 Chess Tips - Deflection - Relates deflection to an overworked piece
  • Chess Guru - Learn how to use deflection in chess - A tutorial in the use of deflection to win games
  • Chess Corner - Deflection - Shows several chess problems involving deflection
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