Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: Invisible Defender Tactic
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Newsletter Issue Joel Johnson Guest
Invisible Defender Tactic
I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. ~ Ralph Ellison
oday's newsletter was written by Life Master Joel Johnson, author of the book "Formation Attacks" and the upcoming book "Formation Attack Strategies", which is scheduled to be released in June 2012. Thanks Joel!
In the position on the right it is Black to move.
What is an Invisible Defender?
It is a piece that defends another piece indirectly.
Or another way to look at it is you can move your piece to a square
that looks unprotected, however if your opponent decides to capture it
you will either win material or checkmate. Thus the piece looks
undefended but in reality there is an Invisible Defender.
When attempting this tactic you MUST be sure to have a solid threat or
plan. Putting a piece on a square because you hope your opponent will
take it is not a good idea. You will be just setting yourself up for a
The critical concepts with Invisible Defender tactics are:
1) Invisible Defenders enable your pieces to navigate onto seemingly
undefended squares, carrying your attack into enemy territory; and
2) Invisible Defenders can be utilized to drag your opponent's pieces onto "bad" squares or away from key squares.