If statement getting executed when conditions are not met

Im trying to make chess. The pawns have a box collider and each one has a child that has another box collider that is positioned one square next to the pawn object (1 square down for the black pawns and 1 square up for the white pawns). The white pawns have a "white" tag and the black pawns have a "black" tag, and each pawn has an script that has an if statement inside of OnTriggerEnter2D which makes the pawn destroy itself, that if statement should execute when it is the turn of the opposite color and the tag of the colliding trigger is the oppossite color ("white" for the black pawns and "black" for the white pawns). What happens is that the white pawns get destroyed when they enter in contact with the triggers that are in front of the black pawns (the ones that don't have the "black" tag). Why is this happening and how can I solve it so the if statement that destroys the white pawns gets executed only when the white pawn enters in contact with a trigger that has the "black" tag?

The code:

public class Pieza : MonoBehaviour
    public bool estaEnNegras;
    public Gestor gestor;
    void OnTriggerEnter2D(Collider2D collider)
        if(collider.tag == "Blancas" && gestor.turnoDeLasBlancas == true && estaEnNegras == true)

        if(collider.tag == "Negras" && gestor.turnoDeLasBlancas == false && estaEnNegras == false)

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I solved it changing the rigidbody to the black pawn, it was in the white pawn first