Zugzwang on second sight

by Oliver Reeh
8/24/2018 – The diagram position is completely hopeless for White - if Black hits the bullseye with his next move! Which of the pawns would you advance?

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With this dramatic win in the last round of the British Championship 2018 Luke McShane caught up with Michael Adams and both finished equal first with 7/9. However, McShane lost the following rapid and blitz tiebreak that decided the title. See

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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 #185

The editor’s top ten:

  1. CBM 184“I decided to just make a move”: Wesley So annotates his win against the world champion.
  2. The problem: Erwin l'Ami shows in his video how you should meet the French Winawer Variation with 6...b6.
  3. Erosion of the Berlin Wall: Peter Heine Nielsen explains the brilliant strategic performance of his protégé in Carlsen-Aronian.
  4. Theoretical duel in the Grünfeld Defence: Yannick Pelletier analyses Karjakin's innovation 16.Na3 against Vachier-Lagrave (Video)
  5. “Short and sweet”: together with Simon Williams and the 11-year old Praggnanandhaa defeat a seasoned GM!
  6. “With minimal means”: with Oliver Reeh’s help get the pawns in front of your castled king into play and win! (interactive video)
  7. New Trend in the Caro-Kann: let Igor Stohl show you how Black should set about things in the Exchange Variation!
  8. This is how to convert an advantage: Dimitrij Jakovenko annotates his opening victory in the “Karpov tournament”: Jakovenko-Artemiev
  9. A problem knight on a5? Mihail Marin examines typical examples in the King’s Indian and in the Ruy Lopez Chigorin Variation.
  10. “Unbelievably exciting”: Daniel King presents Caruana's thrilling finish against So in Norway Chess (Video)

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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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Fritzpa Fritzpa 8/25/2018 10:53
As Luke told me himself, White should play 29 Qc8+! Kg7 30 Qc6. Then you get the zugzwang with Black to play but he can still win in a single way with 1...Qe3 2 Qc4 d5 3 Bxe5+ Qxe5+ 4 Qf4 f6! when the rook ending after 5 Qxe5+ fxe5 is winning.
KevinC KevinC 8/25/2018 03:11
Beautiful combination!
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