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Striking combination [1]

A Combination is a sequence of moves which uses tactical means and exploits specific peculiarities of the position to achieve a certain goal [2] . Combinatorial motives may include tactics like pins, discovered checks and attacks, double attacks, forks and so on. It often starts with a sacrifice or decoy, and leaves the opponent very few forced options to reply.

The search routine of a chess program may take some plies to recognize an initial sacrifice pays off, to distinguish it from a blunder. Extensions are designed to recognize successful combinations earlier, often triggered by forced and often singular replies from the defending side. A so called Petite combination involves only a few moves [3] [4] .

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feat. John Lee, Gerry Brown, Philip Catherine, Jasper van 't Hof, Rob Van Den Broeck, Jan Huydts, Robert Jan Stips, Henny Vonk


  1. Kāneʻohe Bay's Fighters Unlimited Boxing Team member Matthew Miller takes a hard hit from Palolo Boxing Club's Aaron Floyd. Miller was K-Bay's champion fighter Saturday during the boxing tournament held at Kahuna's Ballroom, by Megan L. Stiner, November 05, 2004, Striking combination from Wikipedia
  2. Harry Golombek (1977). Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess. Crown Publishing, ISBN 0-517-53146-1,
  3. Chess Glossary -
  4. Chess Theory, Glossary P © 2004-2009
  5. Copying by Edward Winter

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