An X-ray or X-ray Attack in chess refers to a tactical maneuver where a piece gains control over a square by operating from the opposite side of an intervening piece. Typically, this tactic involves:
- Executing a skewer, where a piece threatens a more valuable piece behind an obstructing piece.
- Indirectly attacking an opponent’s piece by leveraging the presence of other pieces.
- Safeguarding a friendly piece by using an enemy piece as a shield.
Let’s examine a few instances from the past to provide illustrations.
The famous miniature
X-ray them diagonally
The x-ray tactic can be used in a variety of ways, and its effectiveness depends on the specific position and arrangement of the pieces on the chessboard. Skilled players often employ x-ray attacks as part of their tactical combinations and strategic plans.