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Protecting is one of the most basic tactics in Chess. It discourages players from blindly capturing pieces; the piece that captures will be captured itself. Protection is one method to defend a Hanging Piece.

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a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 k h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 n f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 Q d3 e3 f3 g3 b h3 3
2 a2 b2 K c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 r b8 n c8 d8 q e8 k f8 b g8 h8 r 8
7 a7 p b7 p c7 p d7 e7 p f7 p g7 p h7 p 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 n g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 p e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 b h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 N d3 e3 P f3 Q g3 h3 3
2 a2 P b2 P c2 P d2 P e2 f2 P g2 P h2 P 2
1 a1 R b1 c1 B d1 e1 K f1 B g1 N h1 R 1
a b c d e f g h
White could capture many things, but black can always capture back.

In the game on the left, should the white queen capture the knight? No, because the black bishop will capture the queen on the next move. A knight for a queen is not a good trade. White's queen should capture the bishop, because no piece can take back the queen.

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