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Discovered Attack Tactic-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark
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This technique uses two chessmen on the same line to attack either one or two other chessmen, even where the two attackers are focused on just one target. The chessman in the front moves, which uncovers the one in back to attack on that line.

WGM Jennifer Shahade has a very expressive name for this tactic-- the Peek-a-Boo move! It should make it easy for the youngest chess students to remember this highly important tool for building a winning game.

Another way to describe this tactic is that one line has two attackers along it. When the one in front moves out of the way, the other one, in the back, in automatically attacking. The first piece may attack the same piece as the other piece (in the back) or a different one. The Discovered Attack is therefore a Double Check when both attackers focus on the other King. The most beautiful example is Reti vs Tartakower, Vienna 1910, included below.

This game collection is a project in progress. Games are listed in date order, not order of importance.

Last move is a Discovered Attack on the Queen and pending Fork
Bergell / Neumann vs Knorre / Cordel, 1865 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

7. ...g2+ Discovered Check, attack on White Queen and Pawn Fork
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

Discovered Double Check allows checkmate
Kupfer vs Silski, 1881 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

Continuation Bg1-- Discovered Attack on Queen and Mate Threat
Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

10. Bb5 is a Discovered Attack that makes a Double Check!
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Game with King Hunt that ends with Discovered CHECKMATE!!
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Famous Windmill Combination uses multiple Discovered Checks!!
Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1932 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

20. Bb1-- Discovered Attack on Bishop at b3 and on h7 (check)
Pelikan vs Hromadka, 1933
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1-0

Be4+ is a Discovered Attack with Check
Guimard vs Kotov, 1946 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

If 21...Nc4 (Fork) then 22 Qg7+ Kxg7 23 Nf5++ Discovered Check
Simagin vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Ends with Discovered Attack on Queen and mate threat
Antoshin vs F Rabar, 1964 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Ends with Discovered Attack that is a capture and check
V Sokolov vs Rusnikov, 1966 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

48. Nf6+ is Discovery Attack with and Check that wins Rook!
Larry Evans vs Browne, 1971 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 50 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs K Commons, 1972 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 54 moves, 1-0

I Svensk vs Svidler, 1992
(C48) Four Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

19. Rxc8+ Discovered Attack with Check wins Bishop
Sveshnikov vs Timman, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Last move is a Discovered Attack on Queen and Smothered Mate
C Landenbergue vs M Roeder, 1993 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Discovery En Garde as Bishop Makes Check (at end)
Velimirovic vs Zhaoqin Peng, 1995 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 0-1

Pending 30. Nf7+ is a Discovered Attack on the Queen and Check.
Karpov vs Leko, 1996 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 29 moves, 1-0

Pending 41. Kxh2 Bxf4+ is a Discovered Attack on Queen also
B Lalic vs P M Kotsur, 1997 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Van Wely vs Shirov, 1997
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 42 moves, 0-1

Last move is a Discovered Attack on the Knight and the Queen
Z Almasi vs Adams, 1997 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 27 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Last move makes a Discovered Attack on the h3 Pawn for mate
P Nikolic vs Topalov, 1997 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

40. Bxc5+ is a Discovered Attack on the SQUARE f7 for mate!
Morozevich vs A M Galliamova, 1998 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

28. Rxb7! sets up a diagonal Discovered Attack
Khalifman vs V Burmakin, 1999
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Last move breaks Pin and makes Discovered Attack on two units
R Stone vs Nijboer, 1999 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 13 moves, 0-1

Kengis vs Hertneck, 1999
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 33 moves, 1-0

Continuation 35. cxb3 Ne3+ is a Discovered Attack
Fedorov vs Adianto, 2000 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

18. ... Bf3 makes a Discovered Attack on the Queen and Rook
Sakaev vs S Volkov, 2000
(A43) Old Benoni, 49 moves, 0-1

Last move makes Discovered Attack on Queen and mate threat!
C Weiss vs B Socko, 2001
(A36) English, 38 moves, 1-0

V Burmakin vs Kharlov, 2001
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 47 moves, 0-1

S Kriventsov vs Gulko, 2002 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 0-1

Continuation has a Discovered Attack
M D Tseitlin vs H Titz, 2002
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Game ends with "Royal Discovery" = Check and En Garde attack!!
F Guido vs S Brunello, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

19. Qe2 sets up a Discovery Check when Bishop is captured
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Game ends with Discovery Check and mate two ways on next move!
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2009 
(A09) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

17. ... Bxf3 is a Discovered Attack on the White Queen
Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2011 
(A15) English, 34 moves, 0-1

13...Bb5 against N and 15. axb5 is Double Attack on Q
Yu Yangyi vs A Zatonskih, 2013 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

Ends with Discovered Attack on Queen preventing Back Rank Mate
B Kienboeck vs D Dardha, 2015 
(B33) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

31. Bb8+ is Check with Discovered Attack on Black Queen
A Firouzja vs M Bluebaum, 2017 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

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