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Deflection occurs when a piece is deflected away from defending a piece or important square.

In the diagram below the Black King is defending the Queen. Can you see the winning move for White?

deflection1.gif (3947 bytes) White plays 1.Rg7+ deflecting the Black King. After 1...Kxg7 2.Qxe7+ wins.

In the diagram below can you see how White uses deflection to win?

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