discover check chess

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. In the diagram below. Discover our friendly way to experience chess Check the latest changes: There is a new Move Reader for visually handicapped users, a dark theme and many. Auto Chess. Dragonest Game. Free · Neverwinter. Cryptic Studios | Perfect World Entertainment Inc. Free. Top Demos. Aeterna Noctis Demo.

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ImageOne of the rarer types of tactics that you don’t see nearly as often as pins and forks is called the discovered check. A discovered check occurs when a player moves a piece that reveals a hidden piece behind it that attacks the enemy king.

Double check is a more dangerous form of a discovered check where not only the hidden piece attacks the king, but also the piece that moves. Double checks force the king to move because capturing or blocking one of the checking pieces is not possible as the other piece also attacks the king.

Masters love to set up double checks because of their awesome checking power with two pieces suddenly attacking the enemy king.

Here is a position from a game from Erevan played in 1936 with White to move.


Starting with material, Black is ahead by an Exchange and a pawn. If the queens were to trade, Black would win easily. Both light-squared bishops, a knight and a king are on the h1-a8 diagonal. Whenever you observe pieces lined up on the same diagonal, rank, or file, you should note that tactical discovery possibilities exist.

White sets up the double check by playing 1.Qxc6+! Black must recapture the queen (or be in big trouble after 2.Nd4), bringing his king into center of the board. White is running out of attackers, but they are perfectly positioned! The game continued 1…Kxc6 2.Ne5++ Kc5 3.Nd3+. White drives Black’s king towards him, away from his friends. 3…Kd4 4.Kd2! Resigns as 5.c3 mate cannot be stopped!

Here is a critical position from game 10 of the 2000 World Championship match between Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.

Position after 22…Kg8

Kramnik sets up a trap and a discovered check by playing 23.Qe6! Kasparov replied 23…Rf8?

Kramnik demonstrates the power that a queen and knight have attacking the king using a discovered check. 24.Nd8+ Kh8 25.Qe7 Black resigns. The rook can’t escape. After 25…Rg8 26.Nf7 is mate. If 25…Kg8, White would play 26.Ne6 Rf7 27.Qd8+ Rf8 28.Qxf8 mate.

Discovered checks and double checks don’t always work, but whenever the possibility of creating one exists, be sure to spend extra time to carefully consider the options.

Todd Bardwick is the author of Teaching Chess in the 21st Century and Chess Workbook for Children. He can be reached at

The Lewis chess pieces

There are many unanswered questions about the hoard’s discovery. It first came to light when the pieces were exhibited in Edinburgh at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1831 with the permission of a Mr Roderick Rirrie of Stornoway, Lewis.

The hoard seems to have been found near Camas Uig (Uig bay), on the west side of the island.

The beach at Uig, with the sea rolling in and hills in the background

Above: The beach at Uig. Photo © Steve Hirst.

There are conflicting accounts of the discovery: one mentions a ruined monastery while another describes a buried structure, reminiscent of an Iron Age souterrain. None of the authors seems to have visited Lewis, leaving much uncertainty about where and how the hoard was found. Some accounts name the finder as Malcolm MacLeod from the nearby settlement of Peighinn Dhomhnuill, but information about him is scarce.

Only months after its discovery, the hoard was broken up and sold by Mr Ririe. The pieces in our collection passed through several private collections before being acquired for the museum in 1888. The British Museum had bought the rest of the hoard in 1831/1832. Six pieces are currently displayed in Museum nan Eilean on the Isle of Lewis, on loan from the British Museum.

Lewis chess pieces from the British Museum's collection © Trustees of the British Museum CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Above: Lewis chess pieces from the British Museum's collection © Trustees of the British Museum CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.


Discovered check

Discovered Check
Checks are potent threats in chess. Can you imagine what would happen if you could combine their power with a surprise attack on another piece? Enter the discovered check, a tactic that can end a game in an instant.
Here is what you need to know about the discovered check: ...

discovered check (plural discovered checks)
(chess) A check by means of a discovered attack against the opponent's king.
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Discovered check
Giving check by moving a piece that was blocking another of your pieces from giving check
Previous term: Discovered attackNext term: Double check ...

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Where does Black have the kernel of a discovery? On the g-file, where his knight masks his rook; friendly pieces next to each other always require a close look. Next Black looks for a target for the rook and sees White's rook on g2-with the king right behind it.

A special case of discovered attack is shown in this diagram. White plays 1.Rxc7+, where the check is not from the Rook, but from the Bishop. This is called a ~. A special case of ~ is where the moving piece also checks the opponent's King. This is called double check.

~: When one piece moves out of the way to enable another piece to give check.
Double check: When a king is in check by two pieces at the same time. A double check must necessarily be a ~.
Doubled rooks: Two of a player's rooks placed on the same (open) file.

Working on the same principle as the Discovered Attack, only one of the attacking pieces happens to be Checking the enemy King.
When a piece is going to be captured even though there is plenty of space to moveacross the board, the situation is referred to as Domination.

The movement of a piece or pawn which results in a check by a man not moved.
Double Attack ...

A special kind of discovered attack, when the hidden long range piece checks the
In this position, white plays 1. Rd4+, exposing the king to check from the
bishop on d3 and attacking the black queen at the same time. Black must get ...

A check given by a line-piece when a shielding piece or pawn is moved out of the way.
Double attack ...

~: A check delivered by a piece when another piece or pawn has moved out of its way.
Domination: A situation whereby capture of a piece is unavoidable despite it having wide freedom of movement. Usually occurs in chess problems.

~ : An attack on the king revealed when a pawn or piece moves out of the way.
~ is the dive-bomber of the chessboard. - Fine
Double (to double, or doubled rooks): usually referring to a player combining two rooks on a file or rank.

~ A discovered attack where the discovered piece also makes a check.
Discovery See Discovered Attack ...

~: A discovered attack that involves checking your opponent's King by moving a piece so that the piece behind it can give check. This term describes an often powerful move where a line is opened allowing an otherwise blocked piece to give check to the enemy King.

~ - when moved, a piece which masked an attack on the enemy king is said to "discover" a check. This type of check is very dangerous because the defender is obliged to get his king out of check and cannot defend against whatever new threat the discovering piece may create.

~ - a discovery where your unblocked piece is now checking your opponent's king.
discovery - when one of your chessmen that isn't controlling a square, moves away from where it blocked one of your pieces from controlling that square.
draw - a game that ends with no one winning or losing.

A ~. This involves moving one piece out of the way so that you open a line of attack between a piece on the same row/column as the piece you moved and the opponent's king. Thus, the check is "discovered" not between the piece you moved and the king, but between the king and another one of your pieces.

~. A ~ is similar to any other type of discovered attack except that it is a discovered attack on the opposing king.

A player, by moving a piece, uncovers an attack on the opponent's King....
Double attack ...

~ - A phrase used to describe an often powerful move where a line is opened allowing an otherwise blocked piece to give check to the enemy king. If the moving piece also gives check, then the move is described as a double check.

Check given by one piece as the result of the moving away of another piece that was masking it.
Dislodging manoeuvre ...

~. A check is discovered from a battery aimed at the enemy king. A ~ is one way to create a double attack or a double threat. The execution of the discovery move is called 'firing' the battery.

A ~ and also a double check. White resigned; 0-1. If he had played on we would have seen this excellent finish. 20.Ke2 Qd3+ 21.Ke1 Nxg2 checkmate.
Analysis Diagram
We would all like to checkmate a king in such a fashion! ...

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Playing a novelty on move twenty in a line of the French Defense brought victory in the final game of a tournament, evened the score with my opponent, and gave me a share of first place. The event was a French Defense Thematic on Chess.

(i) The ~. Some players are fond of giving check, no doubt taking as true somebody's tag, "Never miss a check, it might be mate." In order to be effective, a check must compel the adversary to make some valueless if not damaging move. A ~, on the other hand, is nearly always very dangerous.

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~: to deliver check by moving a piece or pawn out of the way of a line-piece such as rook, bishop or queen. There are examples in the Tactics section of the Canon. disjunction: separation of pieces or pawns example? dislodging manoeuvre: a move to upset a defensive formation example?

~ A discovered attack to the king. This occurs when a player moves a piece, resulting in another piece putting their opponents king in check. Domination A situation whereby capture of a piece is unavoidable despite it having wide freedom of movement. Usually occurs in chess problems.

~ look up translate image A discovered attack that involves checking your opponent's King by moving a piece so that the piece behind it can give check. This term describes an often powerful move where a line is opened allowing an otherwise blocked piece to give check to the enemy King.

A particularly effective type of Discovered Attack is the ~. This occurs when the uncovered piece checks the opposing King. In the diagram to the right, white has a deadly plan: 1. Bd4+. This move uncovers an attack by the Rook on the King - ~.

~: A discovered attack on the king, putting it in check.
domination: A situation where a piece has many squares to move to, but all of them are under attack.

If the attack is check, this is known as a ~. Discovered attacks can be a powerful method of winning material, as they potentially allow you to make two attackssimultanously - one with the piece you move, and another from the piece you uncovered. Here is an example of how this works in practice: ...

For example, a chess game was played between Ely O Sollano vs Frederick Rhine. The game ended with a very nice ~mate by a pawn.
(Here the black pawn checkmates the white king by ~mate) ...

In order to achieve a double check, you will need to create a ~. In this image, the knight moved from d7 to f6 uncovering the queen's check and creating another check with the knight.

A piece is moved away so as to unmask the attack of a friendly bishop, rook or queen on an enemy piece. If the attacked piece is the king, we speak of a ~. Discovered attacks are powerful, because if the moving piece manages to pose a second threat, the opponent is in trouble.

~: A particularly potent double attack, when one piece moves out of the way, revealing another piece checking the opponent's king.
Distance to conversion: Endgame king-pawn term; see Rule of the Square.

~ (part 1)
7. ~ (part 2)
8. Double check
9. What is a combination?
Combinations using bishops on open diagonals
10. Bishop sacrifices on h7/h2
11. Combinations using knights (part 1)
12. Combinations using knights (part 2)
13. Pawn combinations (part 1)
14. Pawn combinations (part 2)

~: when, by removing a piece or pawn in front of a checking piece, an attacker is opened or discovered and puts the King in check.
Double Check: occurs when the adverse King is attacked by two pieces at once at the same time. The double check occurs in consequence of a ~.

A discovered attack, eg ~ or discovered attack on the queen
A Sacrifice! (Botvinnik argued in "Towards a definition of a combination", Botvinniks Chess Activity Volume 1 that a combination is a forcedvariation with a sacrifice.
Quieter moves which may subtely assist in the combination, e.g ...

Double discovered attacks often involves ~s. Bishop to b5 is a ~. It reveals a powerful attack on the undefended black Queen by the white Queen. Black must get out of check, after which white will simply chop off his Queen. Beware that loose pieces drop off.

Clear and unconfusing presentation of pins, forks, back rank combos, double attacks, ~s, skewers, double threats, pawn promotion, perpetual check, removing the guard, zugzwang. For chess players of all ages. Use this book before going on to more difficult ones such as Pandolfini's Chessercises.

Windmill checks and creates a ~ at the same time, which you can use to capture opponent's chess piece or checkmate is also possible.
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Black is left without a fully satisfactory move here. The knight is under attack and cannot move (for example, 4.Nf6?? 5. Nc6+ wins the queen with a ~). 4.d5 5. d3 doesn't free black from his woes either.

See also: What is the meaning of Counterplay, Active chess, Lose on time, Chess life, Bishops on opposite colors?

Chess Tactical Motifs - The Discovered Attack

A Discovered Attack occurs when one piece moves, and uncovers an attack by another piece.

A particularly effective type of Discovered Attack is the Discovered Check. This occurs when the uncovered piece checks the opposing King. In the diagram to the right, white has a deadly plan: 1. Bd4+. This move uncovers an attack by the Rook on the King - discovered check. But wait, there's another attack: the Bishop that moved attacks the black Queen at the same time! Black is forced to move his King out of check. The white Bishop then captures the black Queen.

Here's an another example of a discovered attack. White can play the sacrifice 1. Bxa7+, which uncovers an attack by the d3 Rook on the black Queen. After black captures the checking Bishop, the black Queen will fall.

Notice the difference between these two examples. In the first, the uncovered piece checks the King. This is a discovered check. In the second, the moving piece delivered check. This is a discovered attack. The naming isn't really important. What matters is that you understand the difference between the two patterns.

Discovered attacks don't have to involve check! However, cases involving check are the most critical for beginners and novices. They will be our focus.

The next page has some discovered attack problems to work on.

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By Desire Thompson

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s recent comments about black children have caused a wind of criticism for being tone-deaf and socially bankrupt.

In a social media campaign video shared on Twitter Tuesday (July 10), Bevin visited the Nativity Academy, an independent school in West Louisville’s Phoenix Hill neighborhood to meet members of the West Louisville Chess Club. The school’s black population sits at 86 percent with 13 percent towards the Hispanic population.

During his introduction, Bevin suggests how he was surprised to meet black chess club members although the black students make up most of the school’s student body.

“I’m about to go in and meet the members of the West Louisville chess club…not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town,” he said. “And, yet, some incredible young minds, some incredible teachers, people pouring into these young people. Come along and let’s check it out.”

“For the governor to perpetuate such a thing at a planned event, on a scripted video – angers me, disheartens me, saddens me – I really have no words for it,” David James, President of Louisville Metro Council said. He wasn’t the only one to take offense to the comments. Residents in the area also appeared to be offended by Bevin’s comments.

While Bevin hasn’t commented on the backlash, Elizabeth Kuhn, communications director for the office of the governor, claims Bevin’s critics are shifting the narrative of his trip.

“[Bevin met with the chess club] to showcase an important program that is encouraging sportsmanship and character building among Kentucky’s youth,” she said. “It is disappointing that some are trying to shift the focus away from the incredible accomplishments of these talented kids.”

Bevin, who had four black adopted children, has faced criticism in the past. ABC News reports community leaders and residents slammed Bevin for his plan to fight violence in Louisville’s West End neighborhood with prayer patrols in highly concentrated African-American neighborhoods.

This post Kentucky Governor Surprised To Discover Black Chess Club Members In Black School first appeared on Vibe.


Who Invented Chess?

Can’t beat your twelve-year-old daughter at the game? You might at least impress her with a history lesson.

Not the oldest board game on record (the East Asian game go, at over 4000 years, is the likely winner), chess still outdates any Parker Brother’s pastime you could name. Early forms of chess originated in India around the 6th century AD. One ancestor was chaturanga, a popular four-player war game that prefigured several key aspects of modern chess. A form of chaturanga traveled to Persia, where the name of the "king" piece changed from the Sanskrit rajah to the Persian shah. From shah all European names for the game are derived. We receive the English words "chess" and "check" from the French descendant echec. (And "rook" descends from the Persian rukh, meaning either "chariot" or "boat.")

The Persians also introduced the notions of "check" and "checkmate," so thank them whenever little Suzie topples your king.

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