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R Is For Removal III

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 2, 2014 at 4:45 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 May 24th (  The second kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Removal.


Removal is a chess move that attacks a support. 


The Removal is played when the player stops an opponent's piece from supporting the actual target.  The supporting piece will typically be of an equal or lesser value than the attacking piece.  However, the Removal can give up material, as the protection on the real target is now gone and creates a second attack that cannot be defended.

The target can be the King (Mate threat), a valuable piece (Material threat), or even a square (Mobility threat).

Different types of Removals are referred to by different names, but the idea is the same:  The support of the target is removed.  Here are some names for the different types of Removal:

  • Clearance (Removal by passing support)
  • Deflection (Removal by forcing support to move)
  • Interference (Removal by interposition; Interception)
  • Undermining (Removal by capturing support; trade)
  • Sacrifice (Removal by capturing support; Exchange; Greek Gift, Desperado)


Here is an example from a game I played in a simultaneous exhibition with NM Josh Bloomer.  I believe Josh was playing 14 games at one time, and I was the 2nd highest rated player in the event.  I imagine that is what I meant when I put 2.14 into the PGN field "Round."  It makes no sense to me that a simul would have a second round.  The other possibility is that I was the 2nd to last game to finish out of 14.

In any case, I have never won versus Josh in a simul despite several attempts.  Usually, I get beaten pretty badly, as I blunder as soon as the pace picks up and Josh shows up at my board sooner than I expect.

This time I was able to avoid that pressure and keep the game drawish until Josh was down to 2 boards.  I decided to just play until I got a draw offer from Josh and take it.  However, Alex Torres was not going to give up on his board.  So, Josh kept fighting for a win on my board since he was going to be there until he put away Alex anyway.

Fortunately, the extra pressure of having to play 2 boards and trying to come up with something from nothing backfired on Josh, and I found myself in this position with a shot to play a Removal to finish off the game.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:


The Removal is played by checking the King (Rd6+) and pushing the Pawn (e7)!  This problem is actually a Double Removal.  Playing the moves in either order works, as the King is pushed away from supporting the c5 Pawn and the Rook has to stop supporting the c5 Pawn to keep the white e Pawn from promoting.

"The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient." (Aaron Nimzovich)

Winning the extra Pawn (bxc5) makes the threat of promotion abundantly clear to black.  There is no way to prevent both Pawns from the promised land with the white King already in the escort square, and black's only remaining threat (the b Pawn) is as good as dead.  Only Tim Brennan would play on in such a position!


R Is For Removal III   


[Event "CSCC NM Josh Bloomer Simul"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2013.11.26"]

[Round "2.14"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A80"]

[PlyCount "153"]

[EventDate "2013.11.26"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O

O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2 Nc6 8. c4 Ne4 9. d5 Nb8 10. dxe6 Bxe6 11. Nbd2 Nxd2 12.

Qxd2 Nc6 13. Rad1 Bf6 14. e3 a5 15. Nd4 Bd7 16. a3 Qe7 17. Qc2 g6 18. Rd2 Rae8

19. Rfd1 Nxd4 20. Bxd4 Bc6 21. Bd5+ Kg7 22. Qc3 Ra8 23. c5 Bxd5 24. cxd6 Qxd6

25. Bxf6+ Qxf6 26. Qxf6+ Rxf6 27. Rxd5 Rf7 28. Rd7 Raf8 29. Rxf7+ Rxf7 30. Rd5

b6 31. Kf1 Kf6 32. Ke2 Ke6 33. Rd8 Ke7 34. Rh8 Kd6 35. Kd3 Kc5 36. Rd8 c6 37.

h4 Ra7 38. Kc3 b5 39. Kc2 Re7 40. Ra8 Kb6 41. Rb8+ Ka7 42. Rf8 Rd7 43. Rf6 Kb6

44. h5 Rg7 45. hxg6 hxg6 46. b4 axb4 47. axb4 Ra7 48. Kb3 Rd7 49. Rxg6 Rd2 50.

g4 Rxf2 51. gxf5 Rxf5 52. Re6 Rf1 53. Rd6 Rb1+ 54. Kc3 Rc1+ 55. Kb3 Rc4 56. Rd2

Re4 57. Rd3 Rh4 58. Kc3 Kc7 59. Rd4 Rh3 60. Kd3 Rh1 61. Ke4 Re1 62. Kf4 Rf1+

63. Ke5 Re1 64. e4 Rc1 65. Kf4 Rf1+ 66. Ke5 Rf8 67. Ke6 Ra8 68. Rd7+ Kb6 69. e5

Ra4 70. Rd4 Ra7 71. Kf6 Ra1 72. e6 Rf1+ 73. Ke7 Rf5 74. Kd7 c5 75. Rd6+ Kb7 76.

e7 Rf7 77. bxc5 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 27th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a free, unrated Thematic event.  I went unbeaten to claim the 1st place tour points.


All games started with the Two Knights' Defense 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6

Thematic Double Swiss (3SS, G10):

5.5 Paul Anderson

4.5 Mark McGough

2.0 William Benedek

0.0 Dean Brown


Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 2nd Quarter Standings


1    Paul Anderson    50.20    18.70

2    Daniel Herman    41.33    21.00

3    Richard Buchanan    32.00    8.50

4    Mark McGough    27.87    14.53

5    Koji DelConte    24.00    9.00

6    William Benedek    19.03    9.53

7    Shirley Herman    19.00    7.00

8    Joe Pahk    15.70    2.20

9    Earle Wikle    14.00    9.00

10    Dean Brown    13.50    8.50

11    Imre Barlay    12.00    6.00

12    Katie Wise    9.20    5.20

13    Josh Bloomer    8.00    0.00

14    Sara Herman    7.33    3.33

15    Larry Kledzik    7.00    2.00

16    Mike Makinney    7.00    7.00

17    Mike Madsen    7.00    2.00

18    Anthony Thomason    7.00    7.00

19    Gunnar Andersen    6.50    3.50

20    Eugin Pahk    6.00    0.00

21    Ben Matthews    6.00    2.00

22    Jeff Fox    5.50    5.50

23    Alex Freeman    5.33    0.00

24    Peter Barlay    5.00    3.00

25    Paul Protheroe    5.00    5.00

26    Rezheen Hamid    5.00    5.00

27    Kevin Kaaoush    4.00    1.00

28    Alex Torres    3.00    0.00

29    Mitch Vincent    3.00    3.00

30    Peter Wise    3.00    1.00

31    David Silva    3.00    3.00

32    Richard Brown    2.50    2.50

33    Gary Atkinson    2.00    0.00

34    John Byrne    2.00    0.00

35    Robert Jimenez    2.00    0.00

36    Ron Dotson    2.00    0.00

37    Chris Wynkoop    2.00    0.00

38    Arthur Knize    2.00    2.00

39    Bobby Dzagen    1.00    0.00

40    Adam Metzger    1.00    0.00

41    Web McNairy    1.00    0.00

42    Jeremy Hawks    1.00    1.00

43    Phil Van Hawk    1.00    1.00

44    Brandon Hilliard    1.00    1.00

45    Dragan Plakalovic    1.00    1.00

46    Thomas Mullikin    1.00    1.00

47    Daniel Cabrera    1.00    1.00

Categories: 2014, DROP Method

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