Another Typical Attacking Pattern : The Windmill

You might have heard from your coach that rooks and bishops coordinate very well with each other or that queen and knight perform well together. What is the best attacking formation that you can produce by coordinating your different pieces? Well you might have guessed right that I am going to talk about a typical attacking pattern called the windmill, which is also also known as the see-saw.

The windmill is a kind of series of discovered checks and checks where one piece gives check and another piece is free to eat anything. Here is an example in which Alekhine sacrifices his queen to set up a windmill attack which ends with checkmate.

Even when the windmill does not end with checkmate you often get a huge material with it. Here is the most famous example:

Sometimes you can use this technique to save the game even. Short did this against Kasparov in the following game.

The main thing you need to watch when setting up a windmill attack is not to leaving the piece that gives check in danger. And there should be no possibility to block the discovered check without it being very costly. Here are two hypothetical examples.

Example 1

Example 2

For more exercises you can refer to Boost Your Chess by Artur Yusupov.

Ashvin Chauhan