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R Is For Removal IX

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 17, 2020 at 2:40 AM

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 May 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 the Colorado Springs Chess Club's online tournament.  Black has just sacrificed his Rook.  White is suspicious that this maybe an attempt at a Removal and finds the best response. Can you find it?


White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

R Is For Removal IX

[Event "CSCC Discovery Rapid Online "] 

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.05.10"]

[Round "1.4"]

[White "CosmicNovaGalaxy"]

[Black "jfoxhoot"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "1299"]

[BlackElo "1511"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]

[EndTime "18:23:15 PDT"]

[Termination "CosmicNovaGalaxy won on time"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nge2 d6 5. g3 Nd7 6. Bg2 e5 7. O-O Qc7 8. h3 Ne7

9. Kh2 O-O 10. f3 f5 11. f4 fxe4 12. Nxe4 Nf5 13. c3 exd4 14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. cxd4

d5 16. Ng5 Nf6 17. Nf3 Bf5 18. Ne5 Be4 19. Bd2 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Ne4 21. Bb4 Rfe8

22. Rc1 Rad8 23. Re1 Qb6 24. Bc3 Bxe5 25. fxe5 Rxe5 26. Ba5 Qxb2+ 27. Rc2 Qa3

28. Rxe4 Rxe4 29. Bxd8 Re3 30. Qg4 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 10th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Discovery Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).


Place, Player, Score


1 "#1cschessnews (1790)" 3.5

2 "#2NMBrianWall (1917)" 3.5

3 "#3EPWikle (1912)" 3.0

4 "#4HermitCrab0 (1512)" 2.5

5 "#5KingVed (1458)" 2.0

6 "#6jfoxhoot (1503)" 2.0

7 "#7CosmicNovaGalaxy (1288)" 1.5

8 "#8w1llwolf (1363)" 1.5

9 "#9msmcgough (1399)" 1.5

10 "#10RayFchess (1523)" 1.0

11 "#10liencam2 (1223)" 1.0

12 "#12Navajo36us80917 (987)" 1.0

Categories: 2020, DROP Method

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