Skewer to Aim at a Lower Valued Chess Piece

A chess skewer strategy is good for gobbling up as many enemy pieces as possible. In this strategy we get a little help from enemy pieces of high ranks to capture lower ranked pieces. This tactic is good for decimating enemy quantity.

First, we need a high ranking enemy piece and a lower one on the same line horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The higher ranking piece should be in front and the lower ranking piece behind it. Then we check the higher ranking piece in front. We use long distance attack pieces like a queen, rook, or bishop. The idea is to make the high ranked piece run and expose the low ranked piece to capture instead. The opponent will always opt to save the high ranked piece.

For instance, we find the enemy king and rook in a diagonal line. We check the king with our bishop. The king runs away, exposing the bishop to the check instead. We take the enemy rook. Even if the king chooses to go towards its rook to defend it later, we still proceed to capturing the rook even if the enemy king can counter capture us. A rook has greater strategy value than a bishop. We win by 2 to 3 pawns of value.

Chess skewer strategy, however, will never work if the enemy has an available blocker or if the piece we are to skewer is lower in rank than our skewering piece and supported. In the above example, if we check the king and there's an enemy pawn available nearby it can serve as a block defended by the king. Or, if the king moves away exposing a pawn, our bishop might get trapped and taken just because of a pawn.

But don't get this wrong. Even pawns are worth the skewering. In the above example, after checking the king and it escapes to expose an unprotected enemy pawn, we capture it. Remember that pawns have the potential to become higher valued pieces once they touch-down their enemy end row. Even if we take mere pawns from our skewer the effort is all worth it as long as our skewering piece remains safe.

The chess skewer strategy is especially effective at mid-play and near ending when there are few pieces left to serve as blockade. Even with a rook or a bishop the strategy will still work wonders. It severely damages the defense of the enemy and keeps us ahead as far as head-count on the board is concerned.


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