Chess lesson – The Discovered attack. (Begineer level chess tactic)

The Discovered Attack

  • Discovered Attack : A discovered attack occurs when a piece moves and in doing so it uncovers an attack on an enemy piece. In a discovered attack, or “discovery,” one of your pieces moves out of the way of another, unleashing attacks on two enemy pieces at the same time—one by the unmasking piece and one by the piece unmasked. The enemy only has time to protect one of the threatened pieces. You take the other one. If a discovered attack gives check to the enemy King it is known as a discovered check. This form of attack can be especially dangerous.
  • How to look for Discovered Attacks : Discovered attacks always involve two offensive pieces: an unmasked piece and an unmasking piece. Every piece has the power to unmask attacks by others by moving off of lines that it occupies. Not every piece has the power to be unmasked, though; a knight, for example, can’t be unmasked because it can’t be masked in the first place. But the knight is a magnificent masker and unmasker of attacks by other pieces.
  • Tbe Discovered Attack in action : Here is an example game containing a discovered attack. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4
    6. cxd4 Bb6 (This is the Giuoco Piano opening) 7. e5 Ng4 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 Right now white’s queen is indirectly attacking black’s knight. White’s knight is in the way. 9. Ng5+ As the white knight moves, the queen’s attack on black’s knight is discovered. The white knight also attacks black’s king. Black cannot protect his king and his knight in one move. 9. … K moves 10. Qxg4 And white makes up for his sacrifice.

How to win using The Discovered Attack

Discovered Attack  is an important  tactic in Chess. You can use this weapon to get material advantage and eventually win the game. .


White has a passed pawn on the seventh rank ready to be promoted to Queen. However the Black Queen is blockading the way of the pawn. White sacrifices his Queen to unleash a discovered check and get material advantage. White plays 1. Qxf8! Qxf8 2. c8-Q Kg8 3. Qxf8 Kxf8 and White is a Rook up.



Fischer, Robert  (Bobby) – Interesting Facts

  • Bobby Fischer was born in U.S.A.
  • 11th world chess champion (1972-1975).
  • The youngest national junior champion (at age of 13),
  • The youngest American chess champion ever (at age of 14),
  • The youngest Grandmaster up to that time (15 years, 6 months, 1 day)
  • The youngest Candidate for the World Championship ever (15).
  • His I.Q. has been recorded to be over 180.
  • He received $3.65 million for defeating Spassky in the Fischer-Spassky II match
    in Yugoslavia in 1992


Puzzle of the Week!

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN ( Hint : Material Advantage by DISCOVERED CHECK!)

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