The other side

by Oliver Reeh
10/6/2017 – After 32.Rg3 (diagram) White's second rook has targeted an enemy knight. Not looking good for Black, right? But he still has an ace up his sleeve: 32...Rxf1+ 33.Kxf1 Ra8 with the threat 34...Ra1+! You are not going to change fronts now, are you?

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The 36th Mitropa Cup wrapped up in Balatonszarszo, Hungary on September 25th and was won by Croatia. You can replay all games via the ChessBase Live Broadcast. But it was the match between Slovenia and Slovakia that provides the inspiration for this week's Tatics column.

 

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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)
  • Are you as fast as Vishy Anand? With Oliver Reeh solve one of the deepest winning combinations in this issue. (Video)
  • 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.
  • Fight against the Rubinstein French with the Catalan bishop: Jonas Lampert shows you why you may hope for an advantage with 5.g3! (Video)
  • "King in the box": enjoy the unforgettable mating patterns in Efstratrios Grivas’ FIDE training course.

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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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cannnjan cannnjan 10/10/2017 11:31
nice game... I really like these hidden resources in chess... Since I am not a very strong player, I enjoy playing chess because even a lost game can be won (of course on my level)
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