Hedgehog evergreen

by Oliver Reeh
9/29/2017 – Following 24.e5 Bc5+ 25.Kh1 in the diagram, the draught in White's king position becomes a hurricane. Black wins on the spot. Can you see how — or maybe even remember this spectacular game played 25 years ago?

The Hedgehog - a universal system against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 The Hedgehog - a universal system against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3

At first glance, the Hedgehog setup might appear somewhat passive but in fact Black is always waiting to launch a counterattack. Let Yannick Pelletier provide you with a complete repertoire against the English and the Reti!

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Hurricane season

This fine victory by a famous Slovak grandmaster caused quite a sensation at the time. In the new ChessBase Magazine (#180) GM Mihail Marin's strategy column covers "Black's typical pawn breaks in the Hedgehog". Here's a taste:

 

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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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.

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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chessdrummer chessdrummer 9/29/2017 02:12
I have been playing hedgehog systems for many years. Still has sharp quills!
AgainAgain AgainAgain 9/29/2017 12:58
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