The fork 捉双 is the tactic discussed here.
For beginners, this is another one of the most basic tactics to learn.
Material is gained by capturing your opponent's attacking pieces ( chariot, horse, cannon and pawn) or defensive pieces (elephant and advisor). Usually, winning material will refer to capturing your opponent's chariot, horse or cannon. To be able to gain material WITHOUT having to exchange some of your own would be to your favor.
There are many ways to capture or gain material, the most common being the fork, pin or skewer.
When you fork your opponent's pieces, it means that you are capturing >=2 pieces at the same time. Forks can be performed by horses, cannons and chariots. Cheers!
Board 1 will explain the following terms: fork , pin and skewer.
The next 3 boards will illustrate the concept in slightly more detailed form.
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