Discovered Attack Chess Tactic – Concepts, Principles and Examples

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75 Comments

  1. At 10:45 in the video doesn't knight f6 lead to checkmate because after the pawn takes you have queen g4 then queen g6 mate

  2. Wow, Nelson, thanks for the spreadsheet. I'm really eager to find out how much more I need to learn :3

  3. This was a very well done video. Excellent progression of examples.

  4. 14:09 No, your terminology is technically correct, since a discovered check is specifically a discovered attack on the King.
    Don't be so hard on yourself. 😛
    Great training video.

  5. I am so proud of myself for seeing the moves in the first position.

  6. 4:25 I’m not sure why Bb4 isn’t an option here, because if white takes the rook it’s then Be1+ Nf2 Bxf2#?

  7. You make the gnarliest positions seem approachable for anyone. Fantastic stuff as always, Nelson! Any chance you'll sprinkle in some more of those positions where we submit our rating along with our move and you talk about the differences between how beginner/intermediate/expert/master players approach each position?

  8. This might be my first time commenting on your channel and all I want to say is a big thank you for uploading this video. I think this tactic is one of the most important ones of chess and not only did you explain it in a way that everyone of us understood it, but you also provided us some puzzles regarding this tactic. I do like solving positions a lot, but I prefer being told the theory first and then trying to find the moves- it's something like a lesson to me- and if you could upload other videos in the future in the same way I would be more than grateful!

  9. in the example at 10:42 what about Rg6? Same idea of pinning the pawn, knight is tactically defended by the exact same idea.

  10. You have a great talent for breaking things down into understandable segments. Appreciate all you do. Thank you.

  11. 7:52 I thought it was e 4 because even if the king moved to g 5 to protect the rook from losing him you can use the other rook to kill the black rook and the black king can’t kill neither of them because they are protecting eachother which means free rook

  12. Round about 12:00 why wouldn't you start by giving a check with the knight and follow it up with the queen check? That should be an unstoppable check mate attack.

  13. I saw Nd5+ and considered Qxd5, exd5 and then decided to try out Ke7, Bg5+, f6, Nf5+ and after exf5 ran into a bit of a roadblock, now though I can see that if exf5 there's exf6+ forcing Kd6 and pinning the bishop, Bf4+, Kc6, Qxd5+ is begging for Kxd5 allowing Rad1+ and after Kc6 again, BxC7? Yes it's giving up a bishop but it takes the queen off the field and you have two active rooks vs a vulnerable king with two inactive rooks and a boshop doing nothing.

  14. Even if there isn’t a discovered attack, you can pin pieces most of the time, freezing your opponent’s pieces.

  15. On the third position, what’s wrong with Bb4. Then if the queen takes the rook, Be1 Nf2 Bxf2#

  16. I've found the correct move at 11:12 and the ideas behind it but missed the line of queen takes knight. Likewise at the end I found the correct move but missed the follow-up with the queen. Great video!

  17. Around the 7 minuts Mark can’t you just put the bishop to threaten checkmate instead?

  18. 10:40 I saw Qg4 but wanted to dislodge the pawn first so that it would be check. So, I played Nf6+. Black's only legal move is gxf6, at which point Qg4+.

  19. With the puzzle at 4:26, I thought the solution was bishop to g6 with a threat to put it on e1. Dealing with that threat looses trades the queen for the bishop. If they take the rook, the you attack the king. Am I missing something that keeps my simpler idea from being a solution?

  20. 11:15 that was rather easy to see as a good move but I couldn't figure out how that ties with discovered attack

  21. I came here because I don't want to be sorry to not know said chess tactic
    Thanks chess creator and channel name

  22. 3:46 – I understand the ideas behind the discovered attacks, and this appears to be a good tutorial, but in this instance wouldn't the Black Knight on F5 just go to D6 and block the check instead, because the knight would then be defending the rook?

  23. I just learned this a month ago with my chess coach, she just taught me the concept and I was so shocked I attacked 2 pieces at once. I thought that wasn’t possible. Really fun to dominate people with this.

  24. Nelson! At 9:43 can white take black bishop with a pawn, and then (we capture a pawn with discovered attack) we recap the pawn with bishop. If we take on g5, so white can win a rook by Bf7+

  25. Great video, Nelson. Thanks for your stuff. It's interesting, helps me learn and is simple to follow.

  26. Well that's the reason I don't like to leave anything unprotected. Although it's really hard as a beginner to always remember and play accordingly.

  27. 6:56 Does not Bb4 work? Bb4 is a direct check mate treath… white can block the bishop with either knight or bishop on d2 to stop the mate… but after we can take the queen or even take the knight or bishop to renew the mate threath…? White can also take our knight with pawn…. then we can check with bishop and after take queen rigth? So Bb4 also works? Ah sry perhaps it does not… white have Nf2… that move blocks matethreath and attack our queen. Hmmm but Nf2 dont realy save white as it just postpones whites problem.
    Ahh now i see the problem with Bb4… the next move Bd2 is also a discovered attack on blacks queen.. so after we have to take rook or move queen to like e2… where we have too many pieces hanging.. so we would have to take rook and after trade bishops and save knight… and we gained nothing.

  28. For the 4:24 position, I thought it'd be Bb4, threatening Be1+, then Nc2 Bxc2#. But Qc6+ moves the queen out of danger and deals with the threat eventually.

  29. I watch a lot of chess videos and this is definitely in the top 5 most useful videos I’ve ever watched! Much thanks!!!

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  31. 0:53 I really like na4 though because it also attacks queen guaranteeing either queen or rook

  32. Thanks Nelson, very good vid as always, but as a musicien I just can't stay sharp, I have to be flat more or less hall of the time.

  33. 12:18 after Qg4 what if Be7 defending against Nf6+? also i was looking at Rg6 before knowing the correct move

  34. 0:56 It would be even more fun if the white threats three black pieces. Bishop threaten to rook. The knight threatens the queen and the white queen threatens a piece of A5 or B4.

  35. Nelson is my go to chess man. Great stuff, thank you!

  36. I havent wacthed the full video but i think nd6 check

  37. Me wanting to premove all the moves of the final one:

  38. 5:33 isn't Bishop to c5 threatening checkmate? If white saves the Queen, Bishop to f2 is checkmate.

    oh I see it now nvm

  39. In the first position if knight mova to a4 then black has to save one

  40. When you showed what the discovered attack, black can play Qb4 and save both but white can still get the rook by trading queens first

  41. The puzzle from 7:15 to 9:15 seems like a particularly illustrative point because there are so many initial check options.

  42. At 11:24 isnt knight to f6 black is forced to take with the pawn queen to g4 black king is forced to h7 and queen to g6 mate?

  43. 13:40 is good, but if you do not do this very, very perfectly, you lose your queen. So, good luck riskin your queen for a bishop.

  44. Fascinating video! When you say the bishop is pinned at 13:30, is that just a technical way of saying that it can't move without exposing the black queen to attack? (Sorry for my ignorance, I'm pretty new to all this.)

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