Dark clouds

by Oliver Reeh
3/13/2015 – 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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Dark clouds



The bishop on h6 creates mating threats for White, who would love to bring his queen on the diagonal g3-b8 to invade Black's camp. How should Black defend?

A) 28...Ne7
B) 28...Nxd4
C) 28...Qf6
D) No matter what Black does, White's queen will find a way into Black's camp



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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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genem genem 3/14/2015 08:21
As Reeh wrote in the .PGN, "the only way to parry White's immediate threats was 28...Qd7!?".
So then.....

Why are we readers told by Reeh to choose from among four possible best moves for Black, A B C D, where none of our four options is Qd7?

(Fritz_11 evaluates 28...Qd7 at +0.45, at depth 25.)

ivan3ivanovich ivan3ivanovich 3/14/2015 12:02
What's wrong with 28. - Qe6?