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R Is For Removal

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

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Last time on the DROP method of tactics, I talked about Discovery (  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. 

The second category in the DROP method is Removal.  See, D is for Discovery and R is for Removal.  You might be able to guess the other two, but I will discuss those in a later newsletter.

Some chess players may have learned the tactic as Removal Of The Guard.  I have just shortened the name to fit the acronym.  Removal is a broad kind of tactic including such ideas as Clearance, Deflection, Interference, Undermining, and Sacrifice.  All these tactical ideas involve the same idea:  to get a piece (The Guard) to stop doing its job (Guarding).  Sometimes the guard is watching a valuable piece, sometimes the guard is watching the king, and sometimes the guard is watching a square.


Here is an example from a recent game I played against Alex Freeman in the Springs Fundraiser.  I match up well against Alex, as we have faced 3 times in rated play (twice in the Springs Fundraiser:  2011 and 2012), and I have won all 3 games we have played.  Also, I tend to win our blitz games together. 

So, I think Alex was concerned about staying ahead of me in time and not losing a good opening by not having enough time to figure out subtle endgame play.  However, this quick play backfired, as he lost a pawn in the opening and set me up for a killer tactic by avoiding queen trades.


It may look like the knight is guarding nothing.  However, a white queen on d8 mates and the knight guards that square!  All white has to do is get the guard of d8 to stop doing its job.  Clearly, from the title of this newsletter, a Removal is going to be the tactic played.  Yet, as I mentioned earlier, there are several types of Removal.  In this case, a Removal By Attack (20. b5) and Removal By Capture (20. Bxc6) both accomplish the task.  Which one to chose?



In this case, trying to win the knight for a pawn, gain the material, and Remove The Guard is far worse to Removing The Guard by trading the knight for the bishop.  In fact, the piece trade is mating for black, as he has no back row protection.  So, the speed of a tactic can be more important than the material value of a tactic in ending a game early.


R Is For Removal


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[Date "2012.04.14"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Freeman, Alex"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D40"]

[WhiteElo "1992"]

[BlackElo "1670"]

[PlyCount "39"]

[EventDate "2012.04.14"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c5 5. Bg5 Nc6

6. cxd5 exd5 7. dxc5 d4 8. Ne4 Qa5+ 9. Bd2 Qd8 10. Nxf6+ Qxf6 11. b4 Bg4 12.

Qb3 d3 13. Bc3 Qe7 14. Qb2 O-O-O 15. O-O-O dxe2 16. Bxe2 Rxd1+ 17. Rxd1 Bxf3

18. Bxf3 Qg5+ 19. Qd2 Qf5 20. Bxc6 1-0


This Week In Chess


On April 17th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held an unrated, quick event.  The participants played in a 3 round, Swiss tournament (3SS, G15).  I went unbeaten to claim 1st place.  However, 4 of the top players opted for some bughouse games with the old-timers (Ron Smits and Nate Winterfield) outplaying the regulars (Buck Buchanan and Alex Torres).  Here are the results:


Score, Player


3.0 Paul Anderson

2.0 Mark McGough

2.0 Koji Del Conte

1.0 Wesley Smith

1.0 Ross Inman

0.0 Mike LaCombe

Springs Fundraiser Standings

By Buck Buchanan

4.0    Katie Wise

3.0    Paul Anderson

3.0    James Powers

2.5    Richard Buchanan

2.5    Anthea Carson

2.0    Alexander Freeman

2.0    Jose Llacza

2.0    Joe Haines

2.0    Joseph Pahk

1.5    Mark McGough

1.5    Dean Brown

1.0    Gene Lucas

1.0    Kathy Schneider

0.0    Shirley Herman

Categories: 2012, DROP Method

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