The straying queen

by Oliver Reeh
7/24/2021 – In the diagram position, decentralizing White's queen with 20.Qa5? Rxd4 21.Qxa7 looks unhealthy - and runs into a direct refutation. Full score only if you can see it already in this position!

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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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Poiuy Trewq Poiuy Trewq 7/26/2021 04:47
White's 22. Nc3?? quite obviously loses immediately, but White could have salvaged some dignity (and avoided self-immolation) with 22. Nc5!?, throwing a lifeline to his Queen. Now 23. Ra4? fails after Qxb2, but if instead 23. Qxc5 there comes 23 ... Qb8+ 24 Kh7 Qf4 attempting to protect the back rank (25. Rxf4?? Rxc5). Unfortunately, Black can apply a final coup de grace with 25. Nd5 and the White Queen is stranded again, but tossing the Knight onto c5 would have made it more of a struggle.
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