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R Is For Removal VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 14, 2018 at 4:20 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 April 10th (  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.  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 VII

[Event "12-10-6"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2002.10.01"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D30"]

[PlyCount "101"]

[EventDate "2002.07.26"]

[TimeControl "0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. a3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 O-O 6.

e3 h6 7. Bh4 b6 8. Nf3 Bb7 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. O-O Ne4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. cxd5 exd5

13. Qc2 c5 14. Rac1 Rac8 15. Qa4 a6 16. Rfe1 Bc6 17. Qc2 b5 18. dxc5 Ndxc5 19.

Nxe4 Nxd3 20. Neg5 f6 21. Qxd3 fxg5 22. Nd4 Bb7 23. Qd2 Rc4 24. b3 Rcc8 25. Qb2

g4 26. Rxc8 Rxc8 27. Rc1 Rxc1+ 28. Qxc1 Qd7 29. Qc5 h5 30. Qb6 Kh7 31. Ne6 Qc6

32. Qxc6 Bxc6 33. b4 Bb7 34. Nc5 Bc8 35. f4 gxf3 36. gxf3 g5 37. Kf2 Kg6 38.

Nb3 h4 39. Nd4 Kf6 40. f4 g4 41. Nb3 Kf5 42. Ke2 g3 43. hxg3 h3 44. Kf3 Kg6 45.

Nd4 Bg4+ 46. Kf2 Bd7 47. Nf3 Kf5 48. g4+ Ke4 49. f5 Bxf5 50. Ng5+ Ke5 51. gxf5


This Week In Chess

On May 8th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the May Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. May Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Michael Smith II 1617 W9 W13 2.0

2 Sara Herman 1995 W15 W8 2.0

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1868 W16 W7 2.0

4 Daniel Herman 2056 W10 D5 1.5

5 Calvin P Dejong 1872 W17 D4 1.5

6 Josh S Bloomer 2328 W14 H--- 1.5

7 Paul D Anderson 2032 W11 L3 1.0

8 Mark McGough 1770 W18 L2 1.0

9 Lawrence R Osborn 905 L1 W17 1.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1310 L4 W18 1.0

11 Scott Ch Williams 1243 L7 W16 1.0

12 William Leo Wolf 1550 U--- W15 1.0

13 Grayson Ed Harris 1010 H--- L1 0.5

14 Christophe Motley 1541 L6 H--- 0.5

15 Joey Arispe 1192 L2 L12 0.0

16 Shirley Herman 1174 L3 L11 0.0

17 Ayush Pan Vispute 1185 L5 L9 0.0

18 Daniel J Rupp 973 L8 L10 0.0

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