A moment of shock

by Oliver Reeh
10/9/2015 – Tactics can seem deceptively simple, particularly when seeing an engine analysing grandmaster games. Strange, however, how difficult it is to find the right move and to calculate variations properly when playing yourself. It is easier if you solve tactical puzzles regularly. In the ChessBase Magazine and his tactics column Oliver Reeh helps you to do so.

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A moment of shock
 

From the first round of the semifinals of the World Cup in Baku: in the diagram position Giri could have uncorked the stunning 37.Bxg5 leaving his queen en prise but threatening the bishop on f6 and the rook on a2.  After 37...Rxe2 38.Bxf6 White threatens mate on h8. How would you evaluate the situation?

A) White wins
B) Black wins 
 (You can take your time - but Svidler was down to less than 2 minutes!)

 

 

Oliver Reeh in ChessBase Magazine

Do you like these lessons? There are plenty more by tactic expert Oliver Reeh in ChessBase Magazine, where you will also find openings articles and surveys, endgames, and of course annotations by the world's top grandmasters.

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ChessBase Magazine #168 (October/November)



Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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Logos Logos 10/9/2015 04:05
That was a beautiful variation demonstrated by Svidler after the game, reminding how many elegant ideas these guys see that remain hidden from a casual observer.
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