Tactics please: Spoilt for choice?

by Oliver Reeh
7/18/2014 – Spotting tactical ideas is good, choosing the best move even better. Calculating variations precisely helps. However, often things are not simple. Do you calculate good enough to find the best move in the following example, which ChessBase tactic expert Oliver Reeh detected in a game from the Women's Grand Prix in Lopota? Test your skills!

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Spoilt for choice?

Spoilt for choice?

Both Black's minor pieces are hanging, and she must decide which one is more valuable for the attack. What would you play?

A) 16...Nxh3+ 17.gxh3 Bxf3
B) 16...Nxh3+ 17.gxh3 Bxh3
C) 16...g5 17.hxg4 h5


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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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