Chaining algorithms aim to form a semi-global alignment of two sequences based on a set of anchoring local alignments as input. Depending on the optimization criteria and the exact definition of a chain, there are several O(n log n) time algorithms to solve this problem optimally, where n is the number of input anchors.

In this paper, we focus on a formulation allowing the anchors to overlap in a chain. This formulation was studied by Shibuya and Kurochkin (WABI 2003), but their algorithm comes with no proof of correctness. We revisit and modify their algorithm to consider a strict definition of precedence relation on anchors, adding the required derivation to convince on the correctness of the resulting algorithm that runs in O(n log² n) time on anchors formed by exact matches. With the more relaxed definition of precedence relation considered by Shibuya and Kurochkin or when anchors are non-nested such as matches of uniform length (k-mers), the algorithm takes O(n log n) time.

We also establish a connection between chaining with overlaps and the widely studied longest common subsequence problem.