Tactics please: First rank versus seventh

by Oliver Reeh
7/11/2014 – Endgames with Queens and Rooks can be tricky. With so much firepower around both Kings tend to feel uncomfortable, and pawns, if there are any left, do not always offer reliable protection. No wonder tactics abound in such endgames. Oliver Reeh shows a fine recent example from the European Women’s Championship in Plovdiv.

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First rank versus seventh

First rank versus seventh

White would like to increase her pressure against g7 via the seventh rank. 39.Ra7 in the diagram position can be parried in two ways. Which move gives Black the advantage?

A) 39...Rb7
B) 39...Qe1+
C) neither, White always has equality


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Oliver Reeh has been authoring the tactics section in the ChessBase Magazine for many years. Recently, the Magazine introduced a new, exciting feature to the column: the interactive video format, which allows you to test variations directly and to get immediate feedback. Try and enjoy!

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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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