Trade mark

by Oliver Reeh
11/28/2017 – The attacked white knight c3 in the diagram must withdraw, but in view of Black's lurking bishops not all retreat squares are equally good. 25.Ne2 or 25.Nd1 — what would be your candidate?

Fritz 16 - He just wants to play! Fritz 16 - He just wants to play!

Fritz 16 is looking forward to playing with you, and you're certain to have a great deal of fun with him too. Tense games and even well-fought victories await you with "Easy play" and "Assisted analysis" modes.


El abrelatas

Advancing pawns in front of your own king can give you attacking chances, but may also — like in this game — dramatically backfire.


ChessBase Magazine 180

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Sinquefield Cup, FIDE Grand Prix Geneva, Biel) 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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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.

ChessBase Magazine #180 (October/November)

The editor’s top ten: 

  • Hou Yifan’s temptation: the ex-women’s world champion shows how, cool as ice, she countered Bacrot in the traditional tournament in Biel.
  • Perfect start: Teimour Radjabov annotates his win with Black against the almost unbeatable Anish Giri at the Grand Prix in Geneva.
  • “Simple is good!” Together with GM Simon Williams find the simple but strong winning moves in the game Radjabov-Eljanov. (Video)
  • Are you as fast as Vishy Anand? With Oliver Reeh solve one of the deepest winning combinations in this issue. (Video)
  • No simple play in the “Double English“: let GM Mihail Marin bring you up to date on the opening after 1.c4 c5.
  • Vishy Anand and the Steckner proof: Karsten Müller presents high class technique in a classical rook ending. (Video)
  • Brakes applied to the Accelerated Dragon: let Renato Quintiliano show you a tricky positional plan for White.
  • Unprejudiced world champion: Peter Heine Nielsen annotates Carlsen’s successful premiere with the Bird Opening (1.f4) on the Grand Chess Tour.
  • Fight against the Rubinstein French with the Catalan bishop: Jonas Lampert shows you why you may hope for an advantage with 5.g3! (Video)
  • "King in the box": enjoy the unforgettable mating patterns in Efstratrios Grivas’ FIDE training course.

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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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macauley macauley 11/29/2017 03:39
There is some reason why it is not as simple as you describe, but rest assured I've passed on your feedback to both Oliver and our developers. No need to risk further repetition next week. :)
royce campbell royce campbell 11/29/2017 07:19
At the risk of sounding repetitive, ...

"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."