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D Is For Discovery V

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 10:10 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 Brian Rountree and Clint Eads in the May Swiss 90 from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night monthly tournament.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

The Discovery is played by moving the Knight to b3.  This move is just an attack on the Rook.  It attempts to win the undefended Rook.  However, when the Discovery is added into the mix, the attack is unstoppable.  The Knight move also allows the Rook to attack the Black King.

The first attack is a capture of a Rook.  The second attack is a check of the King.  Black has to defend the King by the rules of the game.  The Rook has been blown out of the water along with any hopes of salvaging a draw.

So, by just being observent, a player can find these Discovery opportunities and bring home that point.

D Is For Discovery V

[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.05.02"]

[Round "1.6"]

[White "Rountree, Brian"]

[Black "Eads, Clint"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A96"]

[WhiteElo "1761"]

[BlackElo "1180"]

[PlyCount "101"]

[EventDate "2017.05.02"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. g3 O-O

6. Bg2 d6 7. O-O Ne4 8. Qc2 Nxc3 9. Qxc3 Bf6 10. e3 Nc6 11. b4 e5 12. b5 e4 13.

bxc6 bxc6 14. Nd2 Qe8 15. f4 exf3 16. Bxf3 Rb8 17. Nb3 c5 18. Bd2 Kh8 19. Rac1

Qg6 20. Qd3 Qh6 21. e4 Bg5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. Bg2 Bd7 24. dxc5 Rf6 25. cxd6 cxd6

26. exf5 Bxf5 27. Be4 Rbf8 28. Bxf5 Rxf5 29. Rxf5 Rxf5 30. Re1 Re5 31. Rf1 g6

32. Qd4 Qe3+ 33. Qxe3 Rxe3 34. Rd1 Re6 35. Kf2 Rf6+ 36. Ke3 Kg7 37. Nd4 Kh6 38.

Nb5 Re6+ 39. Kf2 Rf6+ 40. Kg2 Re6 41. Rd2 a6 42. Nc7 Re1 43. Nxa6 Rc1 44. Rxd6

Rxc4 45. Rd2 Rc1 46. Rb2 Ra1 47. Nc5 Kg5 48. Kh3 Kf5 49. a4 h5 50. Rb5 g5 51.

Nb3+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On May 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the May Swiss 90 event (5SS, G/90+30).

Standings. MaySwiss90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W9 1.0

2 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W10 1.0

3 Peter Barlay 1957 W11 1.0

4 Mark McGough 1859 W12 1.0

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W13 1.0

6 Michael Smith II 1545 W14 1.0

7 Alexander Freeman 1908 D8 0.5

8 William Leo Wolf 1312 D7 0.5

9 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L1 0.0

10 Dean W Brown 1475 L2 0.0

11 Michael W Sandau 1372 L3 0.0

12 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L4 0.0

13 Clinton D Eads 1180 L5 0.0

14 Daniel J Rupp 993 L6 0.0

Categories: 2017, DROP Method

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