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D Is For Discovery III

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 14, 2015 at 7:05 AM

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.


Discovery is a chess move that attacks with two pieces.


The Discovery is played when a player is going to make an attack with the piece that he moves, but also he will make an attack with another piece that was blocked by the piece that he moves. When the Discovery is successful, the opponent can only avoid one of the attacks. This means that the other attack will gain material or mate. The second attack is often a check on the King, which is called a Discovered Check.


"Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard."

(Reuben Fine)


Here is a position from a game played between Shirley Herman and Anthea Carson NN at the March Swiss.


Black to move.



See the diagram and answer here:


The Discovery is played by moving the Knight to e4 with check!  The first attack is a check on the King. The second attack is a capture of the white Knight on h4 by the black Queen.  Since the white King has to be saved, the white Knight is doomed.

So, by just being observent, a player can find these Discovery opportunities and enjoy a quick win.


D Is For Discovery III


[Event "CSCC March Swiss"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.03.03"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Herman, Shirley"]

[Black "Carson, Anthea NN"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A51"]

[PlyCount "28"]

[EventDate "2015.03.03"]

[TimeControl "4500+30"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. Nf3 e4 4. Nh4 Bb4+ 5. Bd2

e3 6. Bxb4 exf2+ 7. Kd2 Ne4+ 8. Kc2 Qxh4 9. g4 Ng3 10. Be7 Kxe7 11. Bg2 Nxh1

12. Qxh1 Nc6 13. Kd2 Qxg4 14. Ke3 Qxd4+ 0-1


This Week In Chess


On March 3rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted the March Swiss (5SS, G/75+30, $10 entry). 10 players joined.

Here are the standings after round 1:

Score, Player

1.0 Earle P Wikle

1.0 Daniel Herman

1.0 Anthea Jan Carson NN

1.0 Mark McGough

1.0 Dean W Brown

0.0 Jesse Williams

0.0 Joshua Williams

0.0 Shirley Herman

0.0 Teah Williams

0.0 Selah Williams

Categories: 2015, DROP Method

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Reply Liz Nickovich
9:15 PM on March 15, 2015 
Ooooh, I like the new site!