Plachutta Power!

Plachutta Power!

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Plachutta Power!


Plachutta Power!



An Interference Theme


Interference is a popular motif in chess composition; it's popular enough that we have named several different forms of it. Here's how this one works.

Say you have two pieces guarding two key squares.
Plachutta 1


Tactically, we notice that their defensive lines intersect. This gives us the idea of throwing a wrench in at the intersection.
Plachutta 2


Assuming the watched squares are critical, white must capture it to maintain watch.
Plachutta 3


In a normal interference pattern, the two pieces are of different type and thus block each other's lines. In this case, for now, the Rook on c3 is able to watch the 2 squares. But he has been forced to take over Ra3's job of watching h3. A second forceful move exploits this.
Plachutta 4


We execute the threat on one critical square (h3). White's Rook has to take, and then...
Plachutta 5

...death comes on the other critical square.

Yeah, I know. Blah, blah, blah. Let's see an example.

B. Pandolfini, ChessMaster 10 Academy

Black mates in 4

This is a game-like example. White's King is in a dangerous position, but white looks to have the critical squares locked down. But did you notice the two key defensive pieces and the chance to trip them up?

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(If you didn't solve it yet, go back up and do it. It's easy. I just told you what trick to use.)


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...or, if white captures with the Rook:


Put this concept in the hands of a problem composer, and you will get a more subtle first move that leads to the interference later on.
T. Steudel, 1954


Problems for solving

D. Densmore, 1916

White mates in 4

F. Hoffmann, 2006

White mates in 4

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