One chess tactic is removing the guard. This is also known as undermining. It removes the defence of a piece so that it becomes possible to win material. In a very short game of speed chess at chessgames.com, I used this tactic to great effect. My opponent was Syanas of the USA who played black. Here are the moves of this game along with my commentary:
1. e4 c5
2. d4 cxd
3. c3 Nc6
I expect dxc.
4. cxd d5
5. exd Qxd5
6. Nf3 Bg4
7. Be2 Bxf3
Black thinks that he can win a pawn. The capture of my knight removes a defender of my d-pawn.
8. Bxf3 Qxd4
Black makes a mistake. Qd7 and Qe6+ are better moves.
I remove the knight which guards the queen. Black must respond to my check. I then capture the unprotected queen on my next move. Realizing the difficulty of playing on in such a position, black resigns. The key to victory in this game is my ability to capture my opponent's queen with a check which removes his queen's guard.
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