Hidden hitch

by Oliver Reeh
11/3/2017 – Friday Tactic: Following ...Qxa1 in the diagram position, White hopes to catch the opponent's queen with Bb2 and then start playing with his bishop pair. But Black has a way to thwart this. Can you see how?

ChessBase Magazine Extra 180 ChessBase Magazine Extra 180

This supplement brings you 35,095 games played between August and September 2017, along with videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin, Yannick Pelletier & Robert Ris.

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It's a trap!

Sometimes you can see a trap brewing and plot evasive actions.

 

ChessBase Magazine 180

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Sinquefield Cup, FIDE Grand Prix Geneva, Biel) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 12 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.

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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.

ChessBase Magazine #180 (October/November)

The editor’s top ten: 

  • Hou Yifan’s temptation: the ex-women’s world champion shows how, cool as ice, she countered Bacrot in the traditional tournament in Biel.
  • Perfect start: Teimour Radjabov annotates his win with Black against the almost unbeatable Anish Giri at the Grand Prix in Geneva.
  • “Simple is good!” Together with GM Simon Williams find the simple but strong winning moves in the game Radjabov-Eljanov. (Video)
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  • No simple play in the “Double English“: let GM Mihail Marin bring you up to date on the opening after 1.c4 c5.
  • Vishy Anand and the Steckner proof: Karsten Müller presents high class technique in a classical rook ending. (Video)
  • Brakes applied to the Accelerated Dragon: let Renato Quintiliano show you a tricky positional plan for White.
  • Unprejudiced world champion: Peter Heine Nielsen annotates Carlsen’s successful premiere with the Bird Opening (1.f4) on the Grand Chess Tour.
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  • "King in the box": enjoy the unforgettable mating patterns in Efstratrios Grivas’ FIDE training course.

1000 Opening Traps

If you do not know opening theory in its most intimate details, then you must rely on a sound understanding of chess. But sometimes, that is not enough, because opening traps lurk everywhere, relying on the unwary making “normal” moves — developing a piece, making a capture, setting or parrying a threat.

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Tricks & Traps Vol. 2 - 1.d4 Openings

On this DVD Davies presents a variety of tricks and traps that can arise after 1.d4 by White, breaking them down into a number of different categories. The examples are designed to appeal to players of every level and feature a wide variety of systems. Besides coverage of some of the classics, Davies reveals some little known ploys and explains how likely these traps are to succeed. Accordingly the viewer should gain some psychological insights into the art of trapping and this should help his game as a whole. Video runnig time: 4 hours.

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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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Darknight81 Darknight81 11/4/2017 04:06
Correct me if I'm wrong on this.
1. ... b5!
Black threatens to win the B but actually, the idea is to provide its Q an escape on a2 after taking the R on a1. Black really wants to eat the poisoned rook.

2. Bxb5
White thinks after Qxa1, he has Bc4 trapping the enemy Q.

3. ... Qxa1
Burp!

4. Bb2 Qa2
5. Bc4
As planned. Now the Q is trap?
Not so fast!
Black has..

5. ... Ba6!!
"A pin is mightier than a sword!"
- Fred Reinfeld
genem genem 11/3/2017 07:54
Cool example. Rare to see a bishop pin an opposing bishop.
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