An x-ray or x-ray attack is a tactic where a ranged piece supports a friendly piece “through” an enemy piece.

I played some blitz yesterday on FICS and in the last 7-minute game I was lucky to reproduce (almost) the combination from Morphy’s famous “opera” game vs. Duke Karl / Count Isouard (1858).  The combination implements X-ray theme. 

morphy11

 1. Rc8+ Nxb8 2. Qd8#

morphy2

If it won’t be blitz, I would probably mate by rook to get closer to the original:

morphy31

1.  Qb8+! Nxd8 2.  Rd8#

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