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X-Ray attack is also known as skewer attack. This works in opposite way to pin. In 'pin', a piece of lesser value is attacked but frozen in position fearing the consequence to another piece of higher value, in the same line. Fred defines X-Ray attack as a theme, where a piece attacks a hostile piece which is situated on a line with another piece of lesser value. When the attacked piece moves off the line, it exposes the second piece to capture.
This concept may sound complicated, but his examples will show its simplicity...and deadly effectiveness
While in practice X-Ray can also be used for 'non-destructive testing' on human and metal welding etc., in chess it is used as a destructive application. The only similarity is penetration right onto the target, right through the obstructions.
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