Carlsen's choice

by Oliver Reeh
2/13/2015 – 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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Carlsen's choice



With his passed a-pawn White of course wants to win, but Black is threatening 41...Nf2+ picking up the rook d1. Exchange sacrifice, flight forward or repeating move - what would you choose?

A) 41.Rxd4 
B) 41.Kg2 Nf4+ 42.Kg3 Ne2+ 43.Kg4 Rf4+ 44.Kh5 Rf5+ 45.Kxh6 
C) 41.Kg2 Nf4+ 42.Kh1 Nh3 (=)



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Topics: Oliver Reeh, Tactics

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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Karbuncle Karbuncle 2/13/2015 12:37
So Carlsen's choice was D: None of the above.