Many times in a chess game you are presented with an opportunity to capture a powerful piece or checkmate your opponent’s king. The only problem is that your opponent is using one of their pieces to defend or block your plan.
Deflection is the tactic that looks to remove that defender from their square at all costs. It doesn’t matter where they go to as long as they leave their post and are no longer defending the square that you are looking to occupy.
Sometimes you can gain a significant material advantage with deflection but many times you will be giving up lots of your own material to remove any defenders your opponent may have so that you can checkmate your opponent’s king.
Watch the video below for a detailed explanation and various examples.