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R Is For Removal VIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 14, 2019 at 5:05 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 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 think I was nervous about playing the tactic here because of Black's counter-play.  So, I tried to prepare it with 16. Re1.  Can you find the better move?

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

R Is For Removal VIII

[Event "2-4"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1997.05.05"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D43"]

[PlyCount "109"]

[EventDate "1997.03.07"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. c5

b6 8. b4 Nbd7 9. Bd3 a5 10. a3 h6 11. Bh4 Bb7 12. O-O b5 13. Bc2 Nh7 14. Bxe7

Qxe7 15. e4 e5 16. Re1 axb4 17. axb4 Rxa1 18. Qxa1 Ng5 19. Nxe5 Nxe5 20. dxe5

Rd8 21. exd5 cxd5 22. Nxb5 Ne6 23. Nd6 Bc6 24. Qd1 Qg5 25. b5 Bxb5 26. Nxb5

Nxc5 27. Nd6 Ne6 28. Bh7+ Kf8 29. Qxd5 g6 30. Rf1 Kg7 31. f4 Qe7 32. f5 Kxh7

33. fxe6 fxe6 34. Qe4 Qa7+ 35. Kh1 Rd7 36. h3 Rg7 37. Qf4 g5 38. Qf6 Qd7 39.

Qf7 Qxf7 40. Rxf7 Rxf7 41. Nxf7 Kg6 42. Nd6 g4 43. Kh2 Kg5 44. g3 gxh3 45. Kxh3

h5 46. Nc4 Kf5 47. Kh4 Kg6 48. Nd6 Kh6 49. Nf7+ Kg6 50. Ng5 Kf5 51. Kxh5 Kxe5

52. Kg4 Kf6 53. Ne4+ Ke5 54. Kf3 Kf5 55. g4+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On May 7th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the May Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. May Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Brian Jo Rountree 1962 W5 1.0

2 Paul D Anderson 1950 W6 1.0

3 Mark McGough 1823 W7 1.0

4 Christophe Motley 1662 W8 1.0

5 Grayson Ed Harris 1466 L1 0.0

6 Ayush Vispute 1365 L2 0.0

7 Clinton Eads 1291 L3 0.0

8 Daniel Rupp 1076 L4 0.0

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