Deflection is an important theme in chess and you must be aware of it. It basically involves moves that deflect your opponent's defenders from key squares. Let's see one example from my training game.
White is clearly winning because he has an extra piece- the dominating bishop on e5 and he could even take the rook on b8. But we're looking for the BEST move, one that would deflect the Black Queen from defending the mating square f7.
WHITE TO MOVE
1. g4! deflects the queen from defending the mating square f7. 1. ...fxg4 2.hxg4 doesn't change anything, if Qh3 3.Qf7#.
Use deflection in your own games and don't forget to share them.
NCM Vas Sladek
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