The right approach

by Oliver Reeh
11/20/2015 – Tactics can seem deceptively simple, particularly when seeing an engine analysing grandmaster games. Strange, however, how difficult it is to find the right move and to calculate variations properly when playing yourself. It is easier if you solve tactical puzzles regularly. In the ChessBase Magazine and his tactics column Oliver Reeh helps you to do so.

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The right approach

Black is threatening 32...Rxa2. Should White defend a2, try to exploit his advanced h-pawn or attack the black king on d7?
Make your choice!

A) 32.Bc4
B) 32.Nxf7
C) 32.Rxd5+



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.

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ChessBase Magazine #168 (October/November)

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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oputu oputu 11/22/2015 06:53
Rh6 was surprising hard to find hey. Nice one. I wonder if the move was stumbled upon three moves before the puzzle position or was set-up as a trap.
Nice one.
Of course since it was a puzzle, we all knew that it must start with a check, and a sacrificial one for that matter. LOL
Sampru Sampru 11/20/2015 06:10
A good example of the process of elimination. Nxf7 and Bc4 are easily refuted, leaving only Rxd5, which is otherwise fairly complicated to calculate. Of course, at the board, we would have to consider more than the three possibilities given.