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ENEMY KING MAKES A GREAT SECOND TARGET
Compiled by Baby Hawk
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Thank you, notyetagm. I've removed most of the longer game.

*) A check should always be considered as a potential tactical target.

*) If the king is a tactical target, the tactical base will almost always be occupied with tempo (check).

*) The squares next to the king might be turned into tactical targets.

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The enemy king is a great second target <TACTICALLY> and a great second weakness <STRATEGICALLY>.

There are 4(!) <TACTICAL> ways to use the enemy king as a second target. You can target

1) the enemy king himself (<DOUBLE ATTACK WITH CHECK>)

2) squares near the enemy king (<DECOY>, <DOULBE ATTACK WITH CHECK>, <DOUBLE ATTACK WITH MATE THREAT>)

3) pieces/pawns that defend enemy king (<REMOVE THE GUARD>, Anand vs Lautier Biel 1997)

4) flight squares of the enemy king (denying <LUFT>, <STALEMATE>, Marache vs Morphy New York 1857)

35 ... Nc4-e3! covers the g2-flight square of the White g1-king
E Piankov vs Psakhis, 1977 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 35 moves, 0-1

22 Qa8-a7! forks loose e7-mating square, undef Black f2-knight
Tal vs Larsen, 1979 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

17.Rad1 White is ready to play against the center & kingside.
Svidler vs P Nikolic, 2009 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

19 ... Nf5-g3!! stalemates White g1-king by covering h1-square
N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

21 ... Bc5xf2! makes White g2-king the second tactical target
M Erdogdu vs R Almond, 2006 
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 0-1

33 ... Be6-a2!! targets the a2-square next to the White a1-king
Karjakin vs Topalov, 2002 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

25 Rg3-g7!! targets the g7-square next to the Black h8-king
J Werle vs P K Wells, 2008 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

24 Be3xa7+! Black b8-king used as second target for discovery
Alekhine vs Janowski, 1924 
(A53) Old Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

31 ... Ra2xBd2! 32 Qc3xRd2 c1-king becomes target with e7-rook
Buhmann vs Shirov, 2008 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

20 Qd2-g2! forks undef d5-knight, 1-1 loose g7-mating square
Adams vs C G Ward, 2001 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

21 Bd3-g6!! pins Black f7-pawn to Black e8-king, freeing e6
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

V Iordachescu vs Raul Schmidt, 2010 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 19 moves, 1-0

13 Bc4xf7+! Black e8-king joins undefended b7-bishop as targets
Zsuzsa Polgar vs E Ivanov, 1981 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

29 Nd6-f5 threatens undef g3-bishop, covers king flight squar
Shulman vs Van Wely, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

31 ... Ne5-f3+! exposed White g1-king for fork 32 Qe7-g5+
J Gil Capape vs Anand, 1986 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 31 moves, 0-1

19 Ne4-f6+! intends 20 Qd2-c2, forking loose a4-rook,h7-mate sq
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

14 f2-f3? Bf6xb2! is provoked by unprotected White f4-bishop
J Salomon vs L Draskovic, 2015 
(B07) Pirc, 31 moves, 0-1

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