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D Is For Discovery VIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 10, 2020 at 7:20 AM

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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 game 50 played between myself and my dad in our email match.  There are actually two good moves here.  I found the immediate Discovery, but see if you can find the delayed Discovery too.


White to move

See the diagram and answer here:


D Is For Discovery VIII


[Event "20-14-16"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.03.03"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A21"]

[PlyCount "77"]

[EventDate "2008.10.15"]

[TimeControl "40/5400:0/0:3600"]


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 a6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. a3 Bc5 5. e3 h6 6.

b4 Ba7 7. Bb2 d6 8. Qc2 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. Bd3 Nge7 11. Nh4 f6 12. Ng6 Rg8 13.

g4 Bxg6 14. Bxg6+ Kf8 15. Be4 Rb8 16. h4 Qd7 17. O-O-O Qxg4 18. h5 Qd7 19. f3

f5 20. Bd3 Kf7 21. Bf1 Rbf8 22. Bh3 Ke8 23. Kb1 Kd8 24. Ne2 Qe8 25. d4 exd4 26.

exd4 Qxh5 27. Nf4 Qxf3 28. Ne6+ Ke8 29. Bg2 Qg4 30. c5 Rf7 31. Nxc7+ Kd7 32.

cxd6 Kxd6 33. Ne6 Rc8 34. Nc5 Nd8 35. Rdg1 Bxc5 36. dxc5+ Kc7 37. Qd3 Kb8 38.

Qd6+ Ka8 39. Bxb7+ 1-0


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On May 3rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Requited Queen Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).


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