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by Oliver Reeh
8/25/2017 – In the middle 1970s/early 1980s British television used to stage the tournament "The Master Game" around Christmas, with the participants (great names!) accompanying their games with spoken commentaries - absolutely thrilling for me as a spectator! What do you guess Black thought (and played!) in the diagram position?

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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.

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ChessBase Magazine #179 (August/September)

The editor’s top ten: 

  • The world champion outplayed: Aronian analyses his win against Carlsen at Norway Chess.
  • High quality exchange sacrifice: the winner of the 2nd FIDE Grand Prix annotates his most spectacular game from Moscow: Ding Liren - Vachier Lagrave
  • „Move by Move“ with Simon Williams: deepen your knowledge of the Najdorf move by move with the world class game Ponomariov-Wojtaszek (video)
  • Classy queen trap: enjoy Aronian’s second stroke from Stavanger in Daniel King's video analysis.
  • “Reti’s mate”: in Efstratios Grivas’ FIDE Training course learn about a rare but tactically highly effective idea.
  • “No clear path to equality”: GM Postny pulls together the trends in the Queen's Gambit Accepted and comes to a critical conclusion.
  • What can you do against the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation? Daniel King introduces you to the present state of theory (video).
  • A defensive move with diabolical hidden depths: let Rainer Knaak show you how to set the “Leonhardt Trap” in the Philidor Defence. (video)
  • Good in practice: Nadezhda Kosintseva arms you with the universal weapon universal weapon 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 against the French Steinitz Variation.
  • Hammer blow 14…Rxf3: Adhiban analyses his brilliancy against Akobian at the World Team Championship.


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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ex0 ex0 8/27/2017 05:03
Hmm, what is the point of this article without even linking the relevant video on Youtube or whatever? What's the point of even mentioning the master game if you're not gonna show the video or link to anything relevant? You might as well just do a puzzle position itself, or include more positions. As it is, this is just one puzzle position and somehow loosely tied to The Master Game. Somehow..
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