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O Is For Overload VIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 29, 2019 at 8:25 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, which I revisited on May 14th (   The third kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Overload.

Overload is a chess move that attacks a target.

The Overload is played when the player creates a threat on a target that cannot be defended.   The classic example is choosing a target and piling more attackers on it than supports the defender can muster.   When the number of attackers are greater than the number of supports, material can be won through a series of captures.   Each capture creates a new target until the final support is exhausted and an unguarded target appears.

However, the Overload is, perhaps, the most broad kind of tactic.   Not only does it use multiple attackers on one target, but also it uses a single attacker on multiple targets.  The idea is the same:  to gain a target than cannot be defended.  So, most players will become familiar with the different types of Overload:

  • Battery (Overload with multiple attackers on a file or diagonal)
  • Fork (Overload with multiple targets by the Knight)
  • Double Attack (Overload with multiple targets by the other pieces)
  • Over-Worked Piece (Overload with multiple targets)
  • Skewer (Overload with multiple targets where a high value piece is in front)

Here is a position from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's May Swiss 90 tournament.  Robert Kohler played in the Springs until 2004 and recently returned to take on his number 2 foe, Dean Brown.  Dean went after a Pawn (31. RxP), only to leave himself open to the classic Overload tactic.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

O Is For Overload VIII

[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.05.28"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Brown, Dean"]

[Black "Kohler, Robert"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B01"]

[WhiteElo "1442"]

[BlackElo "1658"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[EventDate "2019.05.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Qa5 5.

Be2 Bf5 6. O-O e6 7. d3 c6 8. Nd4 Bg6 9. Nb3 Qc7 10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Qc1 Bd6 12.

h3 h6 13. Be3 Nd5 14. Re1 Nxe3 15. Qxe3 O-O 16. Ne4 Be7 17. a4 Nf6 18. Nbd2 Nd5

19. Qf3 Nb4 20. Bd1 c5 21. c3 Nc6 22. Qe3 b6 23. Be2 Rad8 24. Rad1 f5 25. Qg3

Qxg3 26. Nxg3 Bf6 27. Bh5 Bxh5 28. Nxh5 Ne5 29. Nf4 Nxd3 30. Nxd3 Rxd3 31. Rxe6

Rfd8 0-1

This Week In Chess

On May 21st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the MaySwiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. May Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Brian Jo Rountree 1962 W3 D5 W2 2.5

2 Paul D Anderson 1950 W6 W4 L1 2.0

3 Grayson Ed Harris 1466 L1 W10 W8 2.0

4 Mark McGough 1823 W11 L2 W5 2.0

5 Christophe Motley 1662 W10 D1 L4 1.5

6 Ayush Vispute 1365 L2 H--- W12 1.5

7 Peter Barlay 1906 H--- W9 U--- 1.5

8 Dean W Brown 1442 U--- W11 L3 1.0

9 Joey Arispe 1259 H--- L7 U--- 0.5

10 Daniel Rupp 1076 L5 L3 U--- 0.0

11 Clinton Eads 1291 L4 L8 U--- 0.0

12 William Leo Wolf 1300 U--- U--- L6 0.0

Categories: 2019, DROP Method

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