Treatise on Tactics in Chess - The Decoy - annotated by KlangenFarben (Size: 4.99 MB)
All examples are from recorded games and thus not subject to any copyright law.
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When discussing tactical themes with students (always a favorite it seems, everyone wants to win brilliantly and quickly. no-one wants to know the basics of how to win a won game), The Decoy provides expresso where most of the other themes offer half-caf/half-decalf. (How many times can one go over The Pin?)
Putting this together, I noticed that in nearly all the cases I considered the decoy, once found, was followed by easy-to-find continuations. The one serious except is the double decoy missed by Chigorin; if he managed to find that move, the game probably would have gone viral and known to the entire chess-playing world by 1900, beating out Reti's study as the first chess piece to go viral in a hard-copy-only world.
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