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Clue To The Mystery Of Chess

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 23, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Game Of The Week


Since I have finished my discussion of tactics, featuring the DROP method (, I figured that I would introduce my system on the strategy side of the game.  To make chess a little easier for me to understand, I split the moves into two different kinds:  Tactical Moves and Strategic Moves.

The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing.  -  Savielly Tartakower

Dividing the game into two kinds of moves isn't new, but splitting tactics into four categories and strategy into three categories is my twist on this old idea.  I used the acronym DROP to make it easy to remember the four kinds of tactics.  So, what acronym did I come up with for the three elements of chess strategy?  MMM.

Kind of sounds like someone is thinking.  MMM.  Or maybe someone just ate a cupcake.  Ok, I didn't really come up with an acronym.  I just call it the 3 Ms Of Chess.  The three kinds of strategy are pretty straight forward and easy to guess since they all start with an M and relate to chess. 

To illustrate how the 3 Ms Of Chess and the DROP Method can describe any type of chess move, I will annotate every move in a short chess game I recently played.  The 3 Ms Of Chess are Mate, Material, and Mobility.  Since good moves often accomplish all three types of strategic plans, I will only annotate with the higher priority plan. 

Mate is a higher priority plan than Material, and Material is a higher priority plan than Mobility.  Of course, I will have to make my best guess at my opponents plans.

I was White, and Koji Del Conte played Black.  Koji is a newcomer to the Colorado Springs Chess Club, but he has been attending long enough to see a lot of my silliness.  This time I got to play the Bishing Pole, which I learned from LM Brian Wall.


1. d4 {Mobility} gains space for the bishop and occupies the center

1...d5 {Mobility} similar idea

2. c4 {Removal} second move is a pawn sacrifice!  tactics can happen early and is designed to remove black's pawn from the center.

2...e6 {Material} protects the pawn under attack

3. Nf3 {Mobility} activates a piece

3...Nf6 {Mobility} similar idea

4. Nc3 {Mobility} similar idea

4...Be7 {Mobility} similar idea

5. Bg5 {Mobility} not a pin as the piece behind is of equal value

5...O-O {Mate} gets the king out of the center but unfortunately falls into my mating fantasy too

6. Qc2 {Mobility} allows queenside castle and dreams about mates on h7 but too early to be a reality

6...h6 {Material} attacks a higher value piece

7. h4 {Mate} The Bishing Pole!  Now the Queen and Rook rendezvous looks like a possibility

7...Nbd7 {Mobility} perhaps I need more defenders before I take a piece

8. O-O-O {Mate} gets my king out of the center; one more element for a perfect Bishing Pole

8...hxg5 {Material} I have decided that a capture is not a tactic but a strategy (I will win with overwhelming force)

9. hxg5 {Removal} removing the knight guard of h7

9...Ne4 {Material} saving the knight (I will win with overwhelming force)

10. Nxe4 {Overload} I have two attackers to one defender

10...dxe4 {Material} can't lose the knight for nothing

11. Qxe4 {Mate}  I can see clearly now to h7

11...Bxg5+ {Material} win a pawn with check; no wonder the king is supposed to be on b1; I never get every element into the Bishing Pole

12. e3 {Mate} have to save the king

12...g6 {Mate} have to guard h7 another way now the knight is gone

13. Qg4 {Overload} the mate is blocked; I can threaten the bishop and get closer to the open h file

13...Nf6?? {Mystery} Brian Wall calls this a RSM (Reserve Section Mystery)



14. Qxg5 {Material} Free bishop and more due to mating threats


14...Nh5 {Mate} 1-0


I told Alex Freeman my 3 Ms Of Chess, and he loved it.  However, he is such an honest chess player that he came up with a 4th M:  Mystery.  I have heard Brian Wall describe other players' moves as mysteries, but Alex is the first chess player to admit, during the post mortem, that his own move was a mystery.  However, Alex may just be the Sherlock Holmes of chess.  He solved the secret to winning at chess:  It's not Clue; avoid the mysteries!


Clue To The Mystery Of Chess


[Event "May Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.05.08"]

[Round "2.3"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Del Conte, Koji"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D53"]

[Annotator "Anderson,Paul"]

[PlyCount "28"]

[EventDate "2012.05.08"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. d4 {Mobility} d5 {Mobility} 2. c4 {Removal} e6

{Material} 3. Nf3 {Mobility} Nf6 {Mobility} 4. Nc3 {Mobility} Be7 {Mobility} 5.

Bg5 {Mobility} O-O {Mate} 6. Qc2 {Mobility} h6 {Material} 7. h4 {Mate} Nbd7 {

Mobility} 8. O-O-O {Mate} hxg5 {Material} 9. hxg5 {Removal} Ne4 {Material} 10.

Nxe4 {Overload} dxe4 {Material} 11. Qxe4 {Mate} Bxg5+ {Material} 12. e3 {Mate}

g6 {Mate} 13. Qg4 {Overload} Nf6 {Mystery} 14. Qxg5 {Material} Nh5 {Mate} 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 22nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Thematic event.  The participants played a double-Swiss tournament (3SS, G10) with every game starting from the King's Gambit Opening (1. e4 e5 2. f4).  I was hammered by Josh Divine on the white side, but survived the rest to claim the top spot.  Here are the results:


Score, Player 


5.0 Paul Anderson

4.0 Josh Divine

4.0 Alex Torres

4.0 Peter Grigg

3.5 Mark McGough

3.0 Mike Madsen

3.0 Marc Coen

3.0 Koji Del Conte

2.5 Devin Morgan

2.0 Dean Brown

1.5 Katrina Eidolon

0.0 Wesley Smith

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