Knights attacking queens

by Oliver Reeh
3/9/2018 – Playing 10...Nxc5! in the diagram position might send a shiver down your spine in view of the possible replies 11.Nb5 and 11.Nd5 when Black can never allow his own queen to be captured on c7. Can you make the move work in both cases?

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Tata Steel tournament tactic

The diagram shows a variation position from the game. I remember during our German live commentary on the tournament we quickly discarded 10...Nxc5, completely missing Black's reply to 11.Nb5. I bet you can do better!


ChessBase Magazine 182

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (London, Grand Prix Palma, European Teams) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 12 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


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ChessBase Magazine #182

The editor’s top ten: 

  1. Sharp attack on move 7: the Russian top-player Ian Nepomniachtchi shows you how he surprised former World Champion Vishy Anand at the London Chess Classic.
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  5. Important update: Michal Krasenkow presents new ideas and trends in the popular King's Indian with 6.h3.
  6. An exciting game in the Scotch: enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of the fantastic encounter Nakamura-Carlsen!
  7. "Natural moves": how are they linked to our positional understanding? Strategy expert Mihail Marin offers valuable practical tips!
  8. Petroff Defence without risk: without risk: Dennis Breder shows how 8.Nbd2 is a guarantee to get a comfortable position.
  9. Nobody saw it: trap expert Rainer Knaak presents an impressive collection of "missed chances“ in current tournament practice.
  10. "Troizky line and Henry’s side-check": let Karsten Müller show you what is important when checkmating with two knights vs pawn!

Bonus: Wesley So has annotated his win against Viswanathan Anand at the London Chess Classic!


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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