Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: False Pin

The pin is a popular and very used tactical resource that every chess player knows.

We differentiate between an absolute pin and a relative pin.

In an absolute pin, the pinned piece cannot move because it is shielding the king. Moving that piece would be an illegal move.

In a relative pin, the pinned piece shields a piece other than the king and it can be moved.

Not every pin has the same effectiveness.

Be careful when you pin an opponent’s piece. Check whether your opponent has a counter that nullifies the effectiveness of your pin!
Dear reader, you can find another example of false pin in Legal Trap

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