The Baltic Trap + When h-pawns Dream

The Baltic Trap + When h-pawns Dream

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The Baltic Trap + When h-pawns Dream

RHP lad davaniel paid a visit to Tallinn in Estonia.

Bored, he took a stroll along the Baltic coast when suddenly the brisk sea
air reminded him of the RHP blog.

Off he rushed to the local toy shop and bought a magnetic Chess Set
and set up the Baltic opening. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5

This total commitment to RHP is admirable.

It was so cold he was the only nutcase outside and using the ’Lonely Joe’
feature on his tourist camera he managed to take a picture of himself.

cold davaniel

board enlarged

Magnificent dedication. There is Dan freezing in the heart of Keres country and all
he can think about is the RHP Blog. I am eternally grateful.

So lets us have a quick look at the Baltic Opening.
(some sources say 1.Nc3 is the Baltic Opening… I’ll stick with davaniel)

Baltic Trap

Every opening has at least one trap concealed within it.
(Trust me on this. Show me an opening and I’ll show you it’s opening trap
with an excellent chance of someone on RHP falling for it.)

The Baltic Opening trap deserves more RHP victims because it’s
moves are perfectly logical and any White player playing first glance Chess
will walk straight into it. Behold…

toborxx - bond55 RHP 2009

Cheers davaniel, let's have more of these. Send pictures to:

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And now an interesting postscript to the Assassin Pawn from a few Blogs back.

When The H-Pawn Dreams.

Tripped over this humorous finish when looking for something else.
The h-pawn in the real world.

dRr0x0rZZ - musirapha RHP 2008

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This Blog has been slightly delayed because I entered Tournament 13041
and have been having the selfish time of my life.

greenpawn34 - Bob RHP 2011

Black makes a common RHP error. Too many pawn in the opening without
really considering the consequences.
My 10th move is the one that novice players should pick up something from
and Black’s unfortunate 13th move is one to avoid.

jcozec - greenpawn34 RHP 2011

Black plays the only way he has ever done since the year dot.
An unsound sac which needs help from White.
Thankfully White underestimates Black play.

greenpawn34 - Ooops RHP 2011

Had loads of fun playing out all the tricks and traps with this one.
A wonderful trade down combination.

White to play. Wrap it up into a pure won King and Pawn ending.

The above position appeared after....

All of that happened till 9.Nc4 then Black opted to play on a piece down
and I duly won it.

And finally just to show I don’t always get my own way and
even (ahem) good players cannot break the developing rules.

Augustkim - greenpawn34 RHP 2011

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Finally, when not wandering along the Baltic coast davaniel paid a visit to
the Paul Keres Chess Club. He took this picture of the plaque outside.

Paul Keres

I'll leave comments on. If you want to add a game or position then see Thread 143454

Edit: Paul Keres is the only chess player to appear on currency.
Here he is on the Estonian 5 Kroon note.

5 krron note

Posted to The Planet Greenpawn

Show Comments (9)
Comments (9)

  • Posted 2943 days 14 hours and 2 minutes ago
    Hi Jack.

    That looks correct but when you see a continuation that wipes
    off 8 pieces from the board to go into a won K & P ending
    it's just too good to let it pass.
    Always look to win clever as it keeps you alert when winning.
    Won games are often lost because players relax.

    Hi Umbreho

    I's just a check and nothing more. 19...Qh1+ 20.Kf2.
    Save up your checks till you can cash them for a profit.
  • Posted 2943 days 23 hours and 46 minutes ago
    Standard memberumbreho
    In the last game, why doesn't move 19 by black, Qh1 win the game? Or does it and he overlooked?
  • Posted 2944 days 4 hours and 6 minutes ago
    SubscriberJack Bertram
    Great blog!

    Only reading quickly, but in the 'ooops' game doesn't 1. Nxd8 (rather than 1. Nxe7) win a piece much more straightforwardly after 1...Rxe8 2. Bf6 ...? The knight is pinned to the rook and I don't see a way back for Black.
  • Posted 2944 days 16 hours and 17 minutes ago
    Ha. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Bf5 is the Baltic Defense! 1. Nc3 is called, amongst others, Baltic Opening.
  • Posted 2945 days 2 hours and 11 minutes ago
    Standard memberMaxacre42
    very nice, I really liked !
  • Posted 2945 days 2 hours and 41 minutes ago
    Hi Par.

    I think he is the only person to appear on a note because
    he was a chess player.
  • Posted 2945 days 2 hours and 46 minutes ago
    Perhaps it is more precise to say Paul Keres is the only *professional* chess player to appear on currency.
  • Posted 2945 days 2 hours and 57 minutes ago
    That is a secret between Augustkim and me.
    It's all very sweet really. She may come on and explain.
  • Posted 2945 days 3 hours and 4 minutes ago
    Standard memberaanepade
    Hi Greenpawn

    I can see why you resigned in that last game... but what I'm not clear about is why your opponent resigned in the reverse fixture. Material is equal and although his queen and bishop are a long way from his king, I'm struggling to see what your game-winning threat is?
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