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Discovered Attack
Compiled by patzer2
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A discovered attack occurs when one of your pieces moves out of the way of a Queen, Bishop or Rook to reveal an attack on one of your opponent's pieces or a critical square. When the piece moved checks the opponent's King, while your Queen, Bishop or Rook attack another piece or critical square, it is known as a "discovered attack with check." The closely related "discovered check" is a kind (i.e. subcategory) of discovered attack, except your piece that has been "discovered" (Queen, Rook or Bishop) is checking your opponent's king (as opposed to another piece in discovered attack). Games featuring discovered check combinations are in a separate collection.

40. Qf6+ Kd5 41. c4+ wins
Duras vs E Cohn, 1907 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

24.. f4! wins the Bishop or pins the Queen
L Dobrovolsky vs F Jablonicky, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

15. e5!! creates winning Discovered Attack & Pin threat
J Powell vs C Downing, 1978 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

29. Nxe4!! sets up 30. e6! for discovered attack & King hunt
Anand vs Dreev, 1991 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

32...Rxb3! initiates discovered attack and double attacks
T A Vakhidov vs Nisipeanu, 2004 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 42 moves, 0-1

7. Nxd4!
V Greenwalt vs B Wall, 1983 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 8 moves, 0-1

33. e4! (33...Rxa2? 34. b4! )
Gelfand vs Balashov, 1987 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1-0

26...Ne4! helps Black pull off a swindle (after 26. f3?)
M Smolovic vs B Lengyel, 1994 
(C27) Vienna Game, 32 moves, 0-1

11. cxd5! sets up 12. d6!
M Heinicke vs Seitz, 1934 
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 12 moves, 1-0

17...Qxd5! utilizes the pin to set up 19. Nd5
Anand vs M Gurevich, 2004 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

15. Ng5!
Van der Wiel vs Tiviakov, 2001 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 19 moves, 1-0

11. Nxb5! wins more than just a pawn
G Wallwork vs P A Thornton, 1989 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 13 moves, 1-0

16. Bxf7+! & 17. Rxc6! help to set up 19. Qd5!
Traxler vs Duras, 1902 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

11...Ng4! mates with the fewest complications
NN vs R Crepeaux, 1923 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

23. Nh5+!
Anderssen vs K Pitschel, 1872 
(C13) French, 30 moves, 1-0

26. Nxf5!
Tiviakov vs Van der Wiel, 2004 
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 1-0

24. Nc7!
Kiril D Georgiev vs C McNab, 2005 
(B06) Robatsch, 59 moves, 1-0

18. Ne5! Bxc2?? 19. Nc6 +- and 31...Qxa5?? 32. Rxb8+-
Gelfand vs Harikrishna, 2005 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1-0

70. Nd5!
Tal vs Averkin, 1973 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

20. Ng5! Nxg5 sets up 21. e6 +-
Sax vs Minic, 1975 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 24 moves, 1-0

44...d5! creates a decisive passed pawn
F Vallejo Pons vs Anand, 2005 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 60 moves, 0-1

18...Qg6! sets up a strong discovered attack or pin
H Lopez Silva vs L Rojas, 2005 
(C15) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

34...Rg6+!
Balashov vs Naumkin, 1991 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 48 moves, 0-1

23. Nd5! +- traps the Queen
Nakamura vs Shabalov, 2005 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

13. c4! gives White a strong positional advantage
T Hillarp Persson vs Judit Polgar, 2003 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

30. Bg6!
Eljanov vs G Beckhuis, 2005 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

29...d4! and its follouwp help to set up 33...Bf3!
Hug vs S Halkias, 2005 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

20. Nb6!! Qxb6?? 21. Nxe6! +-
Leko vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 0-1

14. Re5! Qd3 15. Rxe7+ Kxe7 16. Nxd5+ wins the Queen
Bronstein vs Geller, 1955 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

21. Bg6!!
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

27. Bxc3 Rf8 28. Rh5!
Szabo vs Stahlberg, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

9. Ng5! creates threats to give White a near decisive advantage
C Van Tilbury vs D K Johansen, 2002 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 28 moves, 1-0

22...Nc5!
Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

9. Ne5!
Kotsiev vs W Ivanov, 1976 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 9 moves, 1-0

22...Rg5! sets up a windmill of discovered checks
A Wilhelm vs W Bareiss, 1971 
(C27) Vienna Game, 22 moves, 0-1

If 29... h6, White mates after 30. Rc7! +-
Furman vs Smyslov, 1949 
(D85) Grunfeld, 55 moves, 1-0

42...Rxc3+!
N Castaneda vs Y Dembo, 2001 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 60 moves, 0-1

30...f5! prepares a winning discovered attack
N Mohota vs Ivanchuk, 2005 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

43. Rxd5!
L Day vs J Yoos, 1996 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

22...Rg6!
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2006 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

20...Rb3!
Maric vs Gligoric, 1962 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 0-1

25...d3!
G Andruet vs Adorjan, 1990 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 0-1

17. dxe5? Qc5+! & 18. Bxe7? Nxf3+ !
I Onat vs N Gavrilakis, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

26...Rxd3!
Tolush vs Antoshin, 1956 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 36 moves, 0-1

25...Nd2!! prepares a decisive Knight fork.
T Kilpi vs Taimanov, 1996 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

15. Nd5! uses the threat to obtain a positional advantage
Capablanca vs Colle, 1929 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1-0

If 22...Qd8, then 23. Nf6+! is discovered attack with check
Unzicker vs S Conquest, 1986 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

14. Nxe4!!
M Bagdasarova vs K Rybenko, 1998 
(B06) Robatsch, 15 moves, 0-1

33. Be4!
Topalov vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

33...Re3!
Duke Karl / Count Casabianca vs Kolisch, 1859 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

13. Nb6!!
Levenfish vs Tartakower, 1911 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

41. Nxg6!
Ruben Rodriguez vs Lautier, 1992 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 69 moves, 1-0

19. Nf5!
Kasimdzhanov vs R Nanjo, 2006 
(E92) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

22. Qe8+! sets up a winning discovered attack with check
Y Drozdovskij vs Palatnik, 2006 
(A81) Dutch, 25 moves, 1-0

23. Bd7!
Szabo vs I Polgar, 1969 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

35. Ng4!! wins
Geller vs Furman, 1959 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

29. Nxe6!
Flear vs J Rowson, 2007 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

17. Rxf6!! is a double attack to set up a discovered attack
S Maus vs M Gradstein, 1987 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 20 moves, 1-0

9. Nxe5! offers the Queen as a sham sac for a decisive attack
W Pollock vs E Hall, 1890 
(C46) Three Knights, 12 moves, 1-0

26. Bf6+!
Kasparov vs G Gonda, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

40...Nxg4!! and 41...Rxe2! set up 42...Bxg4! -+
Nakamura vs E Inarkiev, 2003 
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

29. Rc8!
Alekhine vs Flohr, 1931 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

17. Nb5! threatens to win the Queen or mate
Yusupov vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

20. Nxf7! wins decisive material
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

18. Ng2! wins a piece and prepares to counter Black's attack
Dubois vs Count Kushelev-Bezborodko, 1858 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

32...Rh1+! sets up a winning discovered attack with check
J Parker vs N Pert, 1999 
(A92) Dutch, 32 moves, 0-1

27...Bb4! -+
M Stoinev vs A V Kovalev, 1992 
(B32) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

22. Rh6! threatens the Queen or a winning King-side attack
A Lukin vs G Timoshchenko, 1979 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 1-0

22. Nb6! is decisive if Black accepts the sham sacrifice
Petrosian vs A Matanovic, 1959 
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 30 moves, 1-0

45...Re5+! picks off an unprotected Rook
A Timofeev vs E Guseinov, 2007 
(B27) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

34...Rxc5! wins a piece because of the threat of 35. Qxc5 Nc3+
S Kriventsov vs Gulko, 2002 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 0-1

21. Ne6! creates a winning double attack
Antoshin vs F Rabar, 1964 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

11. Nxe5! is a decoy that sets up a discovered attack win
Nimzowitsch vs G Marco, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

23. Bg6!
Kiril D Georgiev vs Shirov, 1992 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 23 moves, 1-0

17. Bf4!
Tkachiev vs Ponomariov, 2008 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 17 moves, 1-0

28...Red8! sets up 29. Rxc1 Bxd3! 30. Bxd3 Ndxc5 -+
Motylev vs Navara, 2009 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

27. Nxe6! wins a pawn with advantage
A Hauchard vs Nakamura, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

23...Qd3! 24. Qd2 Qf3! -+.
J Mason vs Teichmann, 1894 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

12. Bxh2+! wins a pawn after 13. Kxh2 Ng4+! -/+
Anand vs Aronian, 2009 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 53 moves, 0-1

20...N6e5! discovers an attack to win a piece back and more
D Ciuksyte vs V M Golod, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

40. Ng6! +-
Y Kryvoruchko vs S Conquest, 2009 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

24. e5!! discovers a decisive King side attack
Nisipeanu vs Oral, 2004 
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

17...Bh3! is number 345 in Reinfelds 1001 combo book
Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

10...Bf5!
A Huber vs J Gheng, 2000
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 10 moves, 0-1

26...Nd2!
Fine vs Fischer, 1963 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 0-1

23...Ne5! solves the Tuesday June 30, 2009 puzzle
P Nikolic vs Topalov, 1997 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

23. Rxf6!
F Blatny vs Vrbata, 1950 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

19. Qh1!! also uses trapped Queen & double attack themes
Filguth vs A De La Garza Madero, 1980 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 19 moves, 1-0

21. e5!! Bxe5 22. c5! +-
Salov vs Karpov, 1998 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

19...Ng3!
N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

29. ..Bf1+! is a good example of discovered attack with check
Niebult vs Tal, 1954 
(E92) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

8. Nxe5! wins a piece or mates (Legal's mate)
Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 1-0

28...Kd6! is one hilarious discovered attack
H Geiger vs W Wurm, 1930 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 39 moves, 0-1

36...Bxf2! wins with the threat of 40. Kxc3 Bd4+ -+
E Tate vs S Sulskis, 2001 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

42. Rb6!! exposes sham attack on White for a real one on Black
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 53 moves, 1-0

43...Nxf6+! wins a pawn and yields a mating attack
Van Wely vs Short, 2010 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

9. d6!
A Greenfeld vs J Redmond, 2008 
(A04) Reti Opening, 9 moves, 1-0

24. Bxf7+!
Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

39...Ng3!! and Black would have won
Anand vs Shirov, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 55 moves, 1-0

24...f5! gives Black a near decisive attacking position
A Stefanova vs Kamsky, 2010 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

22...Nd4! discovers an attack on the critical d1 square
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

9...Nxe5!
Pulvermacher vs Capablanca, 1907 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 0-1

33. Rxd4!
T Palmer vs D Moody, 1999 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

18. e5!
Shabalov vs Saidy, 2003 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

24. f5!
R Vera vs A Lesiege, 2003 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

25...Rd1! discovers a dual mate threat
B Wexler vs O Bazan, 1960 
(A15) English, 25 moves, 0-1

18.gxf6 Bxf6 19.e5! +- solves a Sunday puzzle
R Lutzenberger vs K F Grimm, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 1-0

41. c5! wins a decisive pawn & solves a Tuesday puzzle
Larsen vs B Ostenstad, 1985 
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 44 moves, 1-0

12...Nd3+! discovers a dual threat -- Mate or the Queen
B Andonov vs Lputian, 1987 
(A09) Reti Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

14...Nfg5! uses mate & double attack threats to win a pawn
A Rustemov vs R Vera, 2002 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 0-1

23. Nxc6!! bxc6 24. Rd7! +- threatens mate-in-four
V Cmilyte vs E Boric, 2008 
(A81) Dutch, 24 moves, 1-0

25...Qe6!! gives up the extra piece for a winning attack
Robson vs Akobian, 2007 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

20. Rh8+! sets up to win the Queen
Spielmann vs Immo Fuss, 1934 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

19. Nxe4! solves a Tuesday puzzle
M Kraemer vs J B Campos-Moreno, 2010 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 20 moves, 1-0

19. Bh6! solves a Friday puzzle
Chigorin vs Przepiorka, 1906 
(C22) Center Game, 23 moves, 1-0

30...Nf2! discovers a winning double attack
O Adu vs A Kim, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

30. Rxd8+! is a won endgame via discovered attack with check c
S Prathamesh vs A El Jawich, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

20...Ba4! solves Wed Quiz vis discovered attack with check
V Vepkhvishvili vs V Chikadze, 1995 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

39...Nb5! solves a Friday puzzle
Morozevich vs Oll, 1997 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 48 moves, 0-1

27. Nf5!
Timman vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1977 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 27 moves, 1-0

33. Ra7! was the winning move White missed.
F N Stephenson vs J Penrose, 1968 
(A48) King's Indian, 48 moves, 0-1

23. Qxd7! wins two Rooks and a piece for the Queen
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

23. Nxc8! sets up 25. Bd2!! threatening 25...Ba6 26. Rc8 +-
D Khamrakulov vs S Abu Sufian, 2010 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

30. Rxf7!! creates a decisive discovered attack threat
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

27... Rd7! sets up 28...Nf4 ! & solves Wed 1/23/2013
Lilienthal vs Kotov, 1948 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

23. b4! sets up a winning discovered attack with check
A Rodriguez Vila vs G Vescovi, 2012 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

29. Nxe5! solves Friday 2/15/2013
Khenkin vs C Rossi, 1998 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

25. Nc5! solves Saturday 4/6/2013
V Tukmakov vs E Magerramov, 1983 
(E92) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

32. Qxc7+!! leads to a winning Rook Fork
B Verlinsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

26...Rxg3! solves Wednesday April 6, 2016 puzzle
Y Visser vs Speelman, 2006 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

25. Be8!
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

42..Ne2!
Shabalov vs Robson, 2016 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

17...Ne5!
A Pomar Salamanca vs E P De La Prida, 1964 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

25...Bxc4!
N Schouten vs N Gaprindashvili, 2016 
(A43) Old Benoni, 26 moves, 0-1

22...Nc1! solves a Wedensday puzzle
N Batsiashvili vs N Zhukova, 2015 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 41 moves, 0-1

11...Nd4!
Morozevich vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

15...Ng5! yields a winning attacking position
J Cuartas Medina vs T Hillarp Persson, 2004 
(B06) Robatsch, 68 moves, 0-1

27...Rxb3+! 28. cxb3 c2+ -+
T Hillarp Persson vs H Grooten, 2007 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 0-1

10. Bxe7+! Nxe7 11. Nb6! +- solves Friday Oct 20, 2017
R Wojtaszek vs Ivanchuk, 2016 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 26 moves, 1-0

25...d4!! solves Sunday Jun 10, 2018
Gelfand vs Beliavsky, 1991 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

25...Bxb3!
J Salomon vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Adorjan, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

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