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D Is For Discovery VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 5:15 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.

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 Chris Motley and Asher MacEnulty in the Cabin Fever Reliever from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night April tournament.

Spectators gather at the final board of the night in the Cabin Fever Reliever.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

The Discovery is played by capturing the Bishop on h6.  This move is an attack on the White King, the Discovered Check.  White has to move the King.  However, when the Discovery is added into the mix, the attack is even better.  The Bishop capture reveals an attack on the White Queen.

The first attack is a capture and check of the King.   The second attack is a capture of the Queen.  White has to defend the King by the rules of the game.  The Bishop and Queen loss puts Black back in control of the game.

So, by just being observant, a player can find these Discovery opportunities and salvage a bad position.

D Is For Discovery VII

[Event "Cabin Fever Reliever"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.04.02"]

[Round "1.4"]

[White "Motley, Chris"]

[Black "MacEnulty, Asher"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C23"]

[WhiteElo "1582"]

[BlackElo "1118"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2019.04.02"]

[TimeControl "2700"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 c5 3. Qh5 g6 4. Qxe5+ Qe7 5. Qxh8

Qxe4+ 6. Be2 Qxg2 7. Bf3 Qg5 8. Qxg8 h6 9. Nc3 Qe5+ 10. Nge2 d6 11. d4 Qf6 12.

Bd5 Be6 13. Bxh6 Nd7 14. Bxb7 Rb8 15. Bc6 Ke7 16. Bxd7 Kxd7 17. O-O-O Bxh6+ 18.

Kb1 Rxg8 19. dxc5 Kc6 20. Rxd6+ Kxc5 21. Ne4+ Kb5 22. Nxf6 Kc5 23. Ne4+ Kb5 24.

Nd4+ Ka5 25. Nc6+ Kb5 26. Nxa7+ Ka5 27. a3 Bg7 28. b4+ Ka4 29. Ra6# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On April 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the Cabin Fever Reliever event (4SS, G/45; d/10).

Standings. Cabin Fever Reliever

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Aleksand Bozhenov 1980 W4 W5 2.0

2 Mitchell Anderson 1970 W6 W3 2.0

3 Mark McGough 1822 W8 L2 1.0

4 Dean W Brown 1421 L1 W7 1.0

5 Christophe Motley 1582 W9 L1 1.0

6 William Leo Wolf 1303 L2 W10 1.0

7 Grayson Ed Harris 1471 W10 L4 1.0

8 Clinton Eads 1301 L3 W9 1.0

9 Earle Macenulty 1118 L5 L8 0.0

10 Colum Ashlin unr. L7 L6 0.0

Categories: 2019, DROP Method

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