Smooth shortcut

by Oliver Reeh
8/28/2015 – 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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Smooth shortcut


Hunting down the enemy king is always the fastest way to victory. White to play - and after Black's answer 35...Ra4 to checkmate by force!
Can you imagine the course of the game?


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 #167 (August/September)

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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kassy kassy 8/30/2015 11:55
Try re-reading the intro:
'White to play - and after Black's answer 35...Ra4 to checkmate by force!'
In other words, find white's 35th move already knowing that black will play Ra4 in response.
anonimous anonimous 8/29/2015 01:01
The position on the big board is wrong: it shows the White Queen on b4, rather than c4, and then obviously the winning combination doesn't work. Too bad, since it's a pretty finish