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A Combination is a sequence of moves which uses tactical means and exploits specific peculiarities of the position to achieve a certain goal [1] . Combinatorial motives may include tactics like pins, discovered checks and attacks, double attacks, forks and so on. It often starts with a sacrifice or decoy, and leaves the opponent very few forced options to reply.

The search routine of a chess program may take some plies to recognize an initial sacrifice pays off, to distinguish it from a blunder. Extensions are designed to recognize successful combinations earlier, often triggered by forced and often singular replies from the defending side. A so called Petite combination involves only a few moves [2] [3] .
Striking combination [4]

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  1. ^ Harry Golombek (1977). Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess. Crown Publishing, ISBN 0-517-53146-1, amazon.com
  2. ^ Chess Glossary - chess-poster.com
  3. ^ Chess Theory, Glossary P © Chess-Theory.com 2004-2009
  4. ^ Kāneʻohe Bay's Fighters Unlimited Boxing Team member Matthew Miller takes a hard hit from Palolo Boxing Club's Aaron Floyd. Miller was K-Bay's champion fighter Saturday during the boxing tournament held at Kahuna's Ballroom, by Megan L. Stiner, November 05, 2004, Striking combination from Wikipedia

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