O Is For Overload II

O Is For Overload II

Jun 24, 2013, 2:14 PM |


Joe Pahk not only went unbeaten and earned the 1st place prize money and tour points from  the June Mating Game (http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201306186982-12795426), he also earned his 5th norm for the 2nd Category title six years after earning his 1st norm.

This week's position comes from:

Alexander Freeman vs Kurt Kondracki (Online Game Viewer: http://cschess.webs.com/ )

White to move.




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Last year, I came up with a method to organize chess tactics.  I called it the DROP Method (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1378181-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 clarify and improve the method.  The first kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Discovery, which I revisited on April 8th (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/25494358-d-is-for-discovery).  The second kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Removal, which I revisited on June 8th (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/27861646-r-is-for-removal-ii).  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 high value piece is in front)
Here is an example fromone of my readers.  
Alexander asks, "Coach Paul, I am confused about what an Overload tactic is?  Did I play any in this game?"

Well, Alexander, I understand that the DROP Method can be confusing at first, especially the Overload idea.  Most chess coaches probably use different terminology.  But seeing some examples from your own game can help clear things up.

You quickly found an Overload on move 9 when your opponent played Pawn captures Pawn on d4.  Now, it is white to move...
O Is For Overload II

[Event "January Panera Thursday"]
[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]
[Date "2012.01.19"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Freeman, Alex"]
[Black "Kondracki, Kurt"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D07"]
[WhiteElo "1685"]
[BlackElo "1896"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2012.01.05"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e3 e5 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Bxc4
Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nf6 8. Bb5 exd4 9. Bxc6+ bxc6 10. Qxc6+ Nd7 11. Nd5 Bd6 12. exd4
O-O 13. Be3 Re8 14. Rc1 Rc8 15. Rc4 Nb6 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. d5 Bc5 18. O-O Bxe3
19. fxe3 Rxe3 20. d6 Re6 21. dxc7 Qe7 22. Qb7 Qe8 23. Rd4 f6 24. Qd5 Rxc7 25.
Re4 Rce7 26. Rfe1 Kf7 27. a4 Qc8 28. b4 g6 29. a5 f5 30. Rxe6 Rxe6 31. Qxe6+
Qxe6 32. Rxe6 Kxe6 33. a6 {black  resigned} 1-0

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