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O Is For Overload VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 18, 2018 at 5:00 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, which I revisited on April 10th (  The second kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Removal, which I revisited on May 14th (  The third kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Overload.

Overload is a chess move that attacks a target.

The Overload is played when the player creates a threat on a target that cannot be defended.  The classic example is choosing a target and piling more attackers on it than supports the defender can muster.  When the number of attackers are greater than the number of supports, material can be won through a series of captures.  Each capture creates a new target until the final support is exhausted and an unguarded target appears.

However, the Overload is, perhaps, the most broad kind of tactic.  Not only does it use multiple attackers on one target, but also it uses a single attacker on multiple targets.  The idea is the same:  to gain a target than cannot be defended.   So, most players will become familiar with the different types of Overload:

  • Battery (Overload with multiple attackers on a file or diagonal)
  • Fork (Overload with multiple targets by the Knight)
  • Double Attack (Overload with multiple targets by the other pieces)
  • Over-Worked Piece (Overload with multiple targets)
  • Skewer (Overload with multiple targets where a high value piece is in front)

It is my Father's Day tradition to publish a win (over me) from my dad.  This game occurred early in our email match when my dad had the upper hand.  However, neither of us was good enough to catch the mistake in this position.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

O Is For Overload VII

[Event "1-3"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1997.01.14"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A45"]

[PlyCount "124"]

[EventDate "1996.10.04"]

[TimeControl "0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bh4 d5 4. f3 Nd6 5. Nc3 c6 6. e4 Qa5 7.

Qd2 h6 8. Bd3 e6 9. e5 Nc4 10. Bxc4 dxc4 11. a3 b5 12. Nge2 Qc7 13. Qf4 Be7 14.

Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Qe4 Bb7 16. Qe3 O-O 17. O-O Nd7 18. Ne4 Nb6 19. Nd6 a5 20. c3 Ba6

21. f4 f5 22. Ng3 Nc8 23. Nxc8 Rfxc8 24. Nh5 Qh4 25. Qf3 Bb7 26. g3 Qh3 27.

Rad1 Rc7 28. g4 Qxg4+ 29. Qxg4 fxg4 30. Kf2 Rd8 31. Rg1 Kf8 32. Rxg4 c5 33. Rg3

cxd4 34. cxd4 b4 35. axb4 axb4 36. Rg6 c3 37. bxc3 bxc3 38. Ke3 c2 39. Rc1 Bd5

40. Rg3 Bb3 41. Rg2 Rc3+ 42. Kd2 Rc4 43. Nxg7 Rdxd4+ 44. Ke3 Rd1 45. Rcxc2 Rxc2

46. Nxe6+ Kf7 47. Rxc2 Bxc2 48. Nd4 Bb1 49. Nf3 Rh1 50. Kf2 Be4 51. Nd4 Rxh2+

52. Ke3 Bh7 53. f5 Rh5 54. Ke4 Rh4+ 55. Ke3 Rxd4 56. Kxd4 Bxf5 57. Ke3 Kg6 58.

Kf4 h5 59. Kf3 Kg5 60. Kg3 h4+ 61. Kf3 h3 62. Kg3 Bg4 0-1

This Week In Chess

On May 15th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the May Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. June Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 2324 W11 W7 2.0

2 Sara Herman 1971 W18 W8 2.0

3 Peter Barlay 1927 W19 W10 2.0

4 Mark McGough 1779 W14 W6 2.0

5 Paul D Anderson 2032 D12 W16 1.5

6 Daniel Herman 2051 W17 L4 1.0

7 Brian Jo Rountree 1822 W13 L1 1.0

8 Michael Smith II 1635 W20 L2 1.0

9 William Leo Wolf 1580 W21 U--- 1.0

10 Dean W Brown 1571 W15 L3 1.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1310 L1 W20 1.0

12 Ayush Vispute 1207 D5 D17 1.0

13 Grayson Ed Harris 1009 L7 W21 1.0

14 Daniel J Rupp 973 L4 W18 1.0

15 Joel Hicks unr. L10 W19 1.0

16 Scott Ch Williams 1243 H--- L5 0.5

17 Gerardo Cruz 1214 L6 D12 0.5

18 Joey Arispe 1192 L2 L14 0.0

19 Shirley Herman 1105 L3 L15 0.0

20 Lawrence R Osborn 898 L8 L11 0.0

21 Tristan Cruz 745 L9 L13 0.0

Categories: 2018, DROP Method, Father's Day

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