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Scottch ROOM Attack

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 18, 2019 at 6:05 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90, round 2.  It was played by Dean Brown and Scott "Scottch" Williams.  They have faced each other 14 times in rated chess.  Scottch needed this game to pull even with a +7-7=1 score.

Dean helped out with Scottch's quest by getting his Bishop trapped and going down material.  However, Scottch didn't just trade down to a winning endgame.  He kept looking for the best moves when he ran across a nice attack in this position.

Black to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

I came up with a method to simplfy the list of tactics called the DROP Method.  Each letter in the acronym stands for each of the different basic kinds of tactics:  D = Discovery, R = Removal, O = Overload, and P = Pin.

Getting good at chess means combining the basic tactics into a pattern that is hard to comprehend and wins material or mates.

These tactial combinations often get a new name, as if they are a brand new tactic.  However, it is just the same stuff in a different wrapper.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)

So, here is my new wrapper:  The Scottch ROOM attack.

This tactical combination comes from "Scottch" Williams who took the above position and added a few basic tactics to come up with a new brew.

19...Bxh2+!! starts the newly minted Scottch ROOM attack with a Removal = R

20.Kxh2 Qh4+ an Overload occurs by the Queen attacking the King and Pawn = O

21.Kg1 Qxf2+ another Overload occurs when 2 pieces attack a once-guarded piece = O

22.Kh2 Rf5 a Mating Attack forces the material gain = M

23.Qxf5 exf5

And please turn out the lights out after leaving the ROOM.

Scottch ROOM Attack

[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.03.12"]

[Round "2.5"]

[White "Brown, Dean"]

[Black "Williams, Scott"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C10"]

[WhiteElo "1444"]

[BlackElo "1225"]

[PlyCount "46"]

[EventDate "2019.03.05"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 a6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7

6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. e5 Be7 8. Bd3 c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. Ne2 c4 11. Bxc4 dxc4 12. c3 O-O

13. Qd2 f6 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. Rad1 Ne7 16. Rfe1 Nd5 17. Ne5 Bg5 18. Qc2 Bf4 19.

Nxc4 Bxh2+ 20. Kxh2 Qh4+ 21. Kg1 Qxf2+ 22. Kh2 Nf4 23. Ne3 Rf6 0-1

This Week In Chess

On March 12th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. March Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 2323 W9 W6 2.0

2 Christophe Motley 1599 W8 D3 1.5

3 Paul D Anderson 1985 W12 D2 1.5

4 Jesse Williams 1731 H--- W7 1.5

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1869 W11 H--- 1.5

6 Aleksand Bozhenov 1980 W10 L1 1.0

7 Grayson Ed Harris 1490 W13 L4 1.0

8 Scott Ch Williams 1225 L2 W12 1.0

9 Ross Inman 1481 L1 D10 0.5

10 Gerald Mena 1362 L6 D9 0.5

11 Clinton Eads 1307 L5 H--- 0.5

12 Dean W Brown 1444 L3 L8 0.0

13 Nick A Curott 1161 L7 U--- 0.0

Categories: 2019

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