The jinxed 41st move

by Oliver Reeh
11/17/2017 – It's a well-known scenario: you think you made the time control but you are not quite sure, and therefore you quickly make one more 'neutral' move to be on the safe side. But that is often easier said than done. The diagram position is one example how difficult it is to play it safe: How does White keep the balance, with 41.Kg2 or 41.h4?

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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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royce campbell royce campbell 11/18/2017 12:21
Well, like I said last time:

"There is a peeve here with the way many of these problems are presented, this one included. The original diagram asks for the proper move, and one is encouraged to find that move on the interactive display. However, the correct move is often a paranthetical to the move actually played in the game, so that it is actually the bad move that triggers the solution to be shown. This is inelegant, and can be corrected with the inclusion of a pair of brackets, one before the diagram, yet still keeping the game score intact. It is much more satisfying to see the solution appear after correctly deciding what it is! It has almost become the game to choose the move the player made instead of the best one."
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