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R Is For Removal VI

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 14, 2017 at 4:15 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 8th (  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.  I am a Pawn ahead in Material and have a more advanced position.  However, one Pawn doesn't guarantee success.  Can you find the killer move?

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

R Is For Removal VI

[Event "3-4-1"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1997.09.12"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D20"]

[PlyCount "71"]

[EventDate "1997.07.23"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 c5 4. d5 e6 5. Bxc4 Nf6 6. Nc3 exd5 7.

Nxd5 Nxd5 8. Qxd5 Qxd5 9. Bxd5 Bd6 10. Ne2 Nd7 11. Be3 O-O 12. Rc1 Rb8 13. O-O

b6 14. Rfd1 Be5 15. Nc3 a6 16. f4 Bxc3 17. Rxc3 Nf6 18. Bc6 Bb7 19. Bxb7 Rxb7

20. e5 Ng4 21. Bc1 h5 22. h3 Nh6 23. Rcd3 Re8 24. Rd7 Rxd7 25. Rxd7 Kf8 26. Kf2

Re6 27. Kf3 f6 28. Ke4 fxe5 29. fxe5 Nf7 30. Bf4 Rg6 31. g3 Ke8 32. Rc7 Nd8 33.

Kf5 Re6 34. Rxg7 b5 35. Rg8+ Kd7 36. Rxd8+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On May 9th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its May Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).

Standings. MaySwiss90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W9 W8 2.0

2 Paul D Anderson 2008 W11 W6 2.0

3 Michael Smith II 1545 W12 W7 2.0

4 Alexander Freeman 1908 D5 W11 1.5

5 William Leo Wolf 1312 D4 W13 1.5

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W10 L2 1.0

7 Peter Barlay 1957 W13 L3 1.0

8 Mark McGough 1859 W14 L1 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1475 L1 W12 1.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1180 L6 W14 1.0

11 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L2 L4 0.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L3 L9 0.0

13 Michael W Sandau 1372 L7 L5 0.0

14 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L8 L10 0.0


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May 27, 2017

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