We have an amazingly talented group of very young players at chess kids who are currently in our under 8 squad which meets on a Monday at 5.15pm. For the past couple of weeks these kids have been working on tactics, and they're beginning to look at some more advanced ones such as "distractions". A distraction is where we get one of our opponent's pieces to move away from defending an important spot. In the first week we looked at distracting a king from protecting it's queen, while this week we looked at distracting pieces from protecting the back rank. The most famous distraction is in the following position.
How can white distract black from defending his back rank?
Carl Gorka is the coach of the VIC Training Squad. All squad members should be reading Carl's comments, tips and advice after each weekly squad meet.