Plug & play

by Oliver Reeh
3/25/2016 – 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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Plug & play

The point e2 is under fire. Should White block the bishop's diagonal or the rook file? Which move is correct?

A) 12.b5
B) 12.Be3



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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Out now! ChessBase Magazine #170 (February/March)

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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KevinC KevinC 3/26/2016 03:02
@Avenar, you said it!
mozartiano123 mozartiano123 3/26/2016 02:01
Awesome use of tactics.
There is attraction (the rook that sacrifies itself on e2), pin (the queen on e4 would hang after bxa6) , forks (nd2 and Nc3 and Bc6 after Qxa8) and backrank.
Avenar Avenar 3/25/2016 09:18
Spectacular game!