Challenging Tactic Based On Hanging Pieces


Any well written book on chess tactics will point out that most tactical moves are based on one or more hanging pieces. What do I mean by a hanging piece? No, I am not referring to a painting on a museum wall. A hanging chess piece is merely an unprotected piece.

In the diagram of a chess position that was reached at ICC, both the Black Rook and Black Queen are unprotected or hanging. With White to  move, can you see a forcing chess move that ends the game?  Look under the diagram to see the winning move!

Be Alert to Hanging Pieces in a Chess Game

The winning move is Bishop captures pawn at f5 or Bxf5.  Do you see why?