Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Friday, December 23, 2005

A Beautiful Tactical Masters Game

Here is a game I have memorized and am currently studying. I found this Euwe Reti 2 knights defense game in a book called Attacking the King by Walker. Euwe played this game against Reti when he was twenty and attacked fast and furious. This game facinates me due to some of the subtle shifts in the game including the 2 Rook sacrifice by Reti in the winning combination.


There are a number of moves that I find interesting:

7 Bxd3
which sacs the bishop for development followed by

8 N-c3
which puts the knight into the attacking field of the pawn which Reti can't take because it is pinned to the queen.

11. B-g5
which sets up Whites queen to the back rank

By Move 14, White appears by the standards of development to be way ahead. Before this move black has only one piece off the back rank: the Queen and his King is on the 7th rank. Whites Rooks are centrally located and his king appears to be safely tucked away behind a wall of pawns.

But the most amazing thing is Reti's seven move combination started by Blacks rook sacrifice. Reti develops his bishops while sacrificing his rooks twice. I would love to know how much of this Reti had calculated out and when he saw the win. I want to think he saw the 7 moves (which I believe are all forced) before playing them.

This game truly is a beautiful work of art!!

Happy Holidays everyone !


  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said…

    Don't you just love the late great Masters?

    I do :)

  • At 4:58 AM, Blogger St. Patzer said…


    This is a really magnificent game, as good as I ahve seen anywhere. Trully the work of two geniuses. Thanks for pulling it out.


  • At 5:00 AM, Blogger St. Patzer said…

    i do of course mean TRUELY a game of two geniuses. i will have to learn to type slower.

  • At 2:14 PM, Blogger takchess said…


    here is another game where Reti sacs 2 rooks for the win against Euwe perhaps at the same tournament!

    I do love these pre fritz Masters !

  • At 8:33 PM, Blogger King of the Spill said…


    I would call Black's performance sneaky, although the description doesn't do it justice.


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