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Double Attacks but not Forks-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

The Double Attack and the Fork are not synonymous. Every Fork is a Double Attack, however. In the interests of clarity, the term Fork is being applied to any chessman that attacks two or more chessmen in the same ply. The Double Attack is the more general term, being applied to two chessmen attacking the same target or two chessmen attacking two targets or one chessman attacking two targets.

IM Daniel Rensch is far more restrictive when defining the Fork and Double Attack-- the Fork is only that tactic made by a Knight or a Pawn and the Double Attack is the category for all of the other chessmen (at and videos for children).

So, I will respectfully disagree with him and express gratitude to the majority of chess masters and writers who make the more common definitions the norm. Any chessman has the power to make a Fork and a Double Attack as well.

"The Fork is the simplest example in chess of the 'Double Attack' type of combination. Any piece can Fork; even a King often attacks two men simultaneously in the later stages of a game." British chess champion Leonard Barden
Page 76.

(A more rigorous definition of a Combination may be in order, but the Fork and Double Attack usages by Barden are fine.)

So, the Fork is a special case of the Double Attack and most certainly among the top three most important tactics. As the Knight and Queen could theoretically make seven-way Forks, there are possibilities of 'Double Attacks' on more than two chessmen.

Of course, any game having a Double Attack bringing checkmate is a treasured jewel for everyone.

Some writers have also used Double Threat and Two-Pronged Attack for the Double Attack. There are probably other colorful references in the chess literature as well.

Here then is a my partial list of games that demonstrate two or more attacks (even an attack on a square) on chessmen.

ChessCoachClark (CCC) originated this game collection and he updates it on occasion. This project is a work in progress, culling games from various sources, including several chess training books and personal research. The games are ordered by date (oldest first), not by importance.

Be well.
Be safe.

14. Be6+ is Check and En Garde-- Royal Double Attack
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

15. Bd3 is En Garde and Discovery Attack on c6 Knight
Bergell / Neumann vs Knorre / Cordel, 1865 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

11. O-O-O+ wins by Double Attack (Check and Rook in danger)
Dunbar vs Chawkin, 1925 
(C45) Scotch Game, 11 moves, 1-0

14. O-O-O+ wins by Double Attack (Check and Rook in danger)
Borbely vs Kovacs, 1948 
(B53) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1-0

Game ends with Pawn advance-- Check and Discovery En Garde!
Gufeld vs Tal, 1959 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

Continuation for Double Attack: 22... exd5 23. Bxd5+
Geller vs Filip, 1962 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 22 moves, 1-0

48. Nf6+ is a Double Attack that is NOT a Fork
Evans vs Browne, 1971 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 50 moves, 1-0

Game ends with Three Threats at once-- Two En Gardes and Check!
Z Franco Ocampos vs Guimard, 1980 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

Three-man Double Attack 31. ...dxe5 32. Qxe5+ Kg8 33. d6+
Geller vs E Knoppert, 1991 
(B58) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

36. Nf7 makes En Garde and Discovery Attack on Black Rook at h7
Nunn vs J Howell, 1991 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1-0

Game ends as Bishop checks and allows Discovered En Garde
V Baranova vs A Cernikova, 1992 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

13. O-O-O+ Castling Double Attack with Check (Rook endangered)
Adams vs Dreev, 1997 
(B58) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

Double Attack by Knight and Queen on White Rook at 37b
B Ahlander vs McShane, 2003 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 41 moves, 0-1

47. f6+ Pawn makes Check and Discovery Attack on Black Rook.
Gelfand vs Karjakin, 2009 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1-0

14. exd7++ is a capture double check by a PAWN!
Y Kambrath vs M Scherer, 2013 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Ends with Double Attack with Check and Discovered En Garde.
S Sargissyan vs Read Samadov, 2018 
(A15) English, 50 moves, 1-0

16 games

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