Catch with a catch!?

by Oliver Reeh
5/8/2021 – If Black plays 30...Nxc3 in the diagram position he attacks White's rook on b1 and opens the bishop's diagonal a8-g2. So, everything seems fine for Black - unless White can spoil the fun with 31.Bc5. Well, can he?

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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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ein_gutes_pils ein_gutes_pils 5/10/2021 01:44
Agree with tympsa. Nevertheless, Sxc3 isn't even needed. Sxe3 sets up a similar trap when Dxe3 is countered with Lxg2. So fxe3 is forced, and white's pawn structure is abysmal.
tympsa tympsa 5/10/2021 04:12
Reckless counterattack is never the best idea, especially when your own king is so vulneraable .More cautious approach is usually lot better . Rook is not trapped, it can move to Ra1 or Re1, giving the white drawish position .
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