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R Is For Removal V

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM

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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 3rd (  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 an email match I played with my Dad.  He has just played a Removal.  By moving the Rook to b1, he has appeared to drop the piece.  However, the Knight is a support for a key square:  b5.  If the Knight goes to take the Rook, then the Bishop can play Bb5+ and regain the Rook.  What should Black do?

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

With Black ahead by a Pawn already, there are a couple of good choices.  Just trading Rooks is good for Black.  However, I realized I was going to lose my Rook anyway.  So, I decided he should go out in a blaze of glory:  a Desperado!

A Desperado is the name given to a piece that sacrifices itself to gain a small amount of material since it was going to be captured anyway.  It is a type of Removal.

I played 34...Rxf4+ to gain a Pawn before winning the White Rook.  However, it might be better to not play the Desperado and just quickly round up White Passed Pawn on a3 first.

"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)

R Is For Removal V


[Event "21-14-16"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.08.23"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B10"]

[PlyCount "104"]

[EventDate "2009.03.11"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 c6 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 g6 4. d4 Bg7 5. Bd2 Bg4 6.

Bc3 Nf6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Bd3 Qc7 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Nbd7 11. O-O-O a5 12. Nb3 b5

13. g4 b4 14. Bd2 a4 15. Na1 Rfb8 16. c3 c5 17. dxc5 bxc3 18. Bxc3 Nxc5 19. Nc2

a3 20. bxa3 Nb3+ 21. axb3 Qxc3 22. Be2 Nxe4 23. Qxc3 Nxc3 24. Rde1 Rxb3 25. Bc4

Rb1+ 26. Kd2 Rxe1 27. Rxe1 e6 28. Ke3 Kf8 29. h4 Ke7 30. g5 h5 31. Kf3 Kd7 32.

Ra1 d5 33. Bd3 Ra4 34. Rb1 Rxf4+ 35. Kxf4 e5+ 36. Kg3 Nxb1 37. Bb5+ Kd8 38. a4

Nc3 39. Bc6 Bf8 40. a5 Bc5 41. a6 d4 42. Nb4 e4 43. Bxe4 Nxe4+ 44. Kf4 Nc3 45.

Ke5 Nb5 46. Nd3 Bb6 47. Kd5 Kc7 48. Kc4 Nd6+ 49. Kd5 Nf5 50. Ne5 Nxh4 51. Ke4

Nf5 52. Nxf7 Nd6+ 0-1


This Week In Chess

On May 3rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a USCF-rated event (4SS, G/90+30). 8 players joined.

Standings. May Swiss 90

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Richard Buchanan 10273030 2000 W6 1.0

2 Mark McGough 11366481 1854 W7 1.0

3 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1824 W8 1.0

4 Paul D Anderson 12728345 2047 D5 0.5

5 Alexander Freeman 14201087 1776 D4 0.5

6 Scott Ch Williams 15755696 1189 L1 0.0

7 Daniel J Rupp 15768473 962 L2 0.0

8 John Mark Kilpatrick 16043600 unr. L3 0.0

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