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 has been working for ChessBase for many years as a translator and presenter of the internet show TV ChessBase, and he also looks after the tactics column in ChessBase Magazine, for which he has also been responsible as editor-in-chief since 2019. The International Master has contributed to the CB "MasterClass" series and is the author of the DVDs "Strike like the World Champions" and "Master Class Tactics - Train your combination skills!" Volumes 1 & 2. Oliver Reeh lives in Hamburg.


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