In one of the previous lessons we have learned about the double attack. But sometimes your opponent will be not so cooperative that they are positioning their pieces in such a way that you are able to attack two pieces at the same time. This is where the Luring tactic comes in.
What is Luring in Chess?
In Chess, luring is a tactic used in order to get your opponent to move their pieces in such a way that enables you to be able to launch an attack against them. Preferably with a double attack such as a fork.
We accomplish this by using a piece to get the attention of your opponent, like a shiny object, and “lure” your opponent to it, allowing you to get a favorable position that makes your opponent vulnerable to attack.
Example of Luring
With a supporting Knight on c7, d6, f6 or g7 instead of on g4 White should be able to make a successful double attack with the move Re8+.
While looking at the position of this example and realizing that White is also able to attack both the King and the Queen at the same time if the Queen can be lured to e8 it becomes rather clear what’s the right move for White.
1.Re8+ A kind of double attack. Black has to capture the Rook. Otherwise the Rook will capture the Queen on the next move. 1… Qxe8.
But now we have a nice Knight fork. 2.Nf6+ Kf7 3.Nxe8 Kxe8.
Black also captures the Knight, but this will be an easy win for White. 4.Kf2 1-0.
Like the double attack can be seen as a capture in two, this kind of luring can be seen as a double attack in two.
In the next lesson we will learn how to checkmate with two bishops.