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D Is For Discovery VI

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 10, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Game Of The Week

A couple years back, I came up with a method to organize chess tactics.  I called it the DROP Method (  The DROP method is an acronym for the basic kinds of tactics. It is meant to remind you not to drop your pieces and help you get your opponent to drop theirs.

I said that the DROP Method was a work in progress, and it was.  So, I thought I would revisit each of the four kinds of chess tactics to provide more examples.  The first kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Discovery.

Discovery is a chess move that attacks with two pieces.

The Discovery is played when a player is going to make an attack with the piece that he moves, but also he will make an attack with another piece that was blocked by the piece that he moves.  When the Discovery is successful, the opponent can only avoid one of the attacks.  This means that the other attack will gain material or mate.   The second attack is often a check on the King, which is called a Discovered Check.

"Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard."

(Reuben Fine)

Here is a position from a game played between Larry Osborn and  Ayush "Panda" Vispute in the March Swiss 90 from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night monthly tournament.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

The Discovery is played by moving the Rook to c1.  This move is an attack on the White King, the Discovered Check.  White has to move the King.  However, when the Discovery is added into the mix, the attack is unstoppable.  The Rook move reveals an attack on the White Bishop.

The first attack is a check of the King.  The second attack is a capture of the Bishop. White has to defend the King by the rules of the game.  The Bishop has been lost along with the hopes of winning a close endgame.

So, by just being observent, a player can find these Discovery opportunities and save that point.

D Is For Discovery VI


[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.03.20"]

[Round "3.7"]

[White "Osborn, Larry"]

[Black "Vispute, Ayush"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D30"]

[WhiteElo "974"]

[BlackElo "1209"]

[PlyCount "78"]

[EventDate "2018.03.06"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nf3 b6

6. g3 Bb7 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. Re1 a6 11. Ng5 b5 12. b3 h6

13. Ngf3 Nb6 14. Ne5 g5 15. dxc5 Nxc4 16. Nexc4 gxf4 17. Nb6 fxe3 18. Rxe3 Bxc5

19. Nxa8 Bxe3 20. fxe3 Qxa8 21. Qf3 Ne4 22. Qg4+ Kh7 23. Nxe4 f5 24. Nf6+ Rxf6

25. Qd4 Rg6 26. Rc1 Rg7 27. Qe5 Re7 28. Qf6 Qe8 29. Qh4 Rg7 30. Bf3 Qe7 31. Qd4

e5 32. Qb6 Rg6 33. Rc7 Rxb6 34. Rxe7+ Kg6 35. Rxe5 Kf6 36. Re8 Rc6 37. Bxd5

Rc1+ 38. Kf2 Bxd5 39. h4 Rc2+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On April 3rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the April Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. April Quick Six

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Mark McGough 1648 W5 W4 W10 3.0

2 Paul D Anderson 1930 W7 W6 W3 3.0

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1643 W11 W8 L2 2.0

4 Michael Smith II 1508 W12 L1 W8 2.0

5 Scott Ch Williams 1294 L1 W12 W11 2.0

6 Peter Barlay 1617 W9 L2 D7 1.5

7 William Leo Wolf 1477 L2 W9 D6 1.5

8 Dean W Brown 1409 W10 L3 L4 1.0

9 Grayson Ed Harris 1011 L6 L7 W12 1.0

10 Supreme King 1889 L8 W11 L1 1.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1052 L3 L10 L5 0.0

12 Lawrence R Osborn 986 L4 L5 L9 0.0

Categories: 2018, DROP Method

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