Hector's Achilles' heel

by Oliver Reeh
6/1/2018 – With his king running in the middle of the board, Black's position seems to be completely lost, and 34.Qe7+! Kd5 35.Rf2 in the diagram would indeed have sealed his fate. The immediate 34.Rf2?, however, could have (semi-) backfired for White. How?

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Shown this possibility, the very peaceful (at least away from the chess board) Swedish grandmaster Jonny Hector said: "If he had seen this, I don't know what I would have done!"

 

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ChessBase Magazine #184

The editor’s top ten:

  1. CBM 184The deciding moment in the candidates tournament: Fabiano Caruana annotates his final round victory over Grischuk.
  2. “Fresh and unexpected”: Vladimir Kramnik explains how he crushed Aronian with Black after innovating with 7…Rg8.
  3. A new plan against the Najdorf? Peter Heine Nielsen annotates Carlsen's successful experiment with 5.Qd2!? in Shamkir.
  4. “Fantastic fighting game”: Karsten Mueller analyses the endgame in the trail-blazing duel between Kramnik and Caruana (video)
  5. Salvation after a series of draws: Ding Liren comments on his win over Mamedyarov in the candidates tournament.
  6. Attack like a WCh challenger: Find the best continuation – “Move by Move“ with Simon Williams in the game Meier-Caruana!
  7. “Domination on both flanks”: enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of the game Caruana-Aronian and let him whip up some enthusiasm for the Ruy Lopez!
  8. A popular weapon against the Najdorf: let Robert Ris introduce you to the secrets of the variation with 7.Nf3.
  9. “Like Karpov in his prime”: Rustam Kasimdzhanov annotates Caruana's win over MVL at the Grenke Chess Classic.
  10. Promising in the long term: Yannick Pelletier recommends 6…h6 in the Vienna Variation of the Queen's Gambit (video)

ChessBase Magazine 184

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Berlin, Baden-Baden and Shamkir) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 10 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.

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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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