R Is For Removal II

R Is For Removal II

Jun 8, 2013, 6:34 AM |


Here is another exciting newsletter with the trifecta of chess stuff:  chess pictures, a diagram, and a video!

This week's position comes from:

Paul Anderson vs Brian Rountree (Online Game Viewer: http://cschess.webs.com/ )

White to move.



Read The Newsletter!

1. Game Of The Week: R Is For Removal II
2. This Week In Chess:  Speed Results
3. Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 2nd Quarter Standings
4. Superman On Chess
5. video:  http://cschess.webs.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17969490-justice-league-on-chess

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Game Of The Week

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.

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 a recent game I played against Brian Rountree.  Brian is now one of my top 10 USCF opponents with 9 games.  He is #2 in the past 12 months.  He writes about his games on his own blog.  Here is the write-up of our game:  http://linuxguyonfics.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/time-pressure-against-an-expert/

It is White to move.  I found a killer move by thinking about using a Removal.  Brian sat for a while and decided the move was good enough to give me the game...



[Event "May Panera Wednesday"]
[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]
[Date "2013.05.08"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "Rountree, Brian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "2015"]
[BlackElo "1819"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2013.05.01"]
[TimeControl "5400"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. Nf3 Be7 4. e3 b6 5. Bd3 d5
6. c3 O-O 7. Qa4 Bb7 8. Ne5 Nfd7 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Qc2 g6 11. f4 Nxe5 12. dxe5
c5 13. Nd2 Nd7 14. Nf3 c4 15. Be2 Nc5 16. h4 Ne4 17. Rh3 f6 18. exf6 Qxf6 19.
Ng5 Nxg5 20. hxg5 Qe7 21. O-O-O b5 22. Rdh1 Rf7 23. Qxg6+ 1-0

Peace be with you,
Paul Anderson
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