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D Is For Discovery IV

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 3, 2016 at 5:35 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.

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 myself and a rising scholastic player, Jesse Williams, from the Denny's April Quick II.

White to move.

See the diagram and answer here:

The Discovery is played by moving the Knight to d5.   This move is just a capture.  It trades one Knight for another Knight.  However, when the Discovery is added into the mix, the value of the trade is realized.  The Knight move also allows the Bishop to attack the Pawn on g7.

The first attack is a capture of a Knight.  The second attack is a capture of a Pawn.  Black cannot defend both attacks and wisely chooses to respond to the higher value capture, the Knight.

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

D Is For Discovery IV


[Event "Denny's Quick April II"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.04.22"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Williams, Jesse"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A01"]

[WhiteElo "1949"]

[BlackElo "1317"]

[PlyCount "23"]

[EventDate "2016.04.22"]

[TimeControl "1440"]


1. b3 b6 2. Nf3 Bb7 3. Bb2 Nf6 4. c4 c5 5. Nc3 d5

6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. a3 Nd7 8. e3 e6 9. Qc2 Be7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bxg7 Rg8 12. Qxh7



This Week In Chess

On April 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished a Quick-rated event (6SS, G/24;d5). 14 players joined.

Standings. April Quick 24

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Jeffrey Rando Fox 12641996 1846 W13 W12 D4 W6 W9 L2 4.5 $33.50 1st

2 Alexander Freeman 14201087 1637 H--- H--- H--- W10 W4 W1 4.5 $33.50 1st

3 Daniel Herman 14345456 1839 W11 L5 L6 W14 W7 W4 4.0

4 Josef I Friedman 10310351 2186 W10 W8 D1 W7 L2 L3 3.5

5 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 1954 W6 W3 H--- U--- U--- W9 3.5

6 Mark McGough 11366481 1561 L5 W14 W3 L1 L10 W13 3.0 $18.00 U1650

7 Earle P Wikle 12126030 1950 L12 W11 W8 L4 L3 W14 3.0

8 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1651 W14 L4 L7 L9 W13 W11 3.0

9 Sara Herman 14345441 1600 H--- H--- H--- W8 L1 L5 2.5

10 Larry Turner 10303931 1629 L4 W13 H--- L2 W6 U--- 2.5

11 John D Byrne 13249837 1356 L3 L7 D12 L13 W14 L8 1.5

12 Dean W Brown 10224098 1400 W7 L1 D11 U--- U--- U--- 1.5 $5.00 GOW

13 Shirley Herman 14812654 962 L1 L10 L14 W11 L8 L6 1.0

14 Matthew Hansen 16010128 unr. L8 L6 W13 L3 L11 L7 1.0

Categories: 2016, DROP Method

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