The Duck goes to America + The Sac Back Trap

The Duck goes to America + The Sac Back Trap

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As I write this The Duck is on his way to America.
He’s going to stay with ST40 for a while who will show him the sights.

There were tearful goodbyes in the Greenpawn household on the day I
packed him up and placed him in his box. Just look at those sad sad eyes.

Boxed Duck





















and here is his very own customs label.

Duck's custom sticker




















I’ll keep you updated on here of the Duck's American trip.
(when is duck hunting season in America, I’ve not timed this wrong have I?)

So now what?
I know I’ll cheer myself up by looking at some clever RHP blunders.

I happened upon this the other day. White castles into mate in one.

Leon Barr - aanepade RHP 2008



Same player, Leon Barr, same tactic, going for the minor exchange. Different result.

Leon Barr - colneman RHP 2008



In that last game we saw White who was a piece up offering a Bishop in a trap
influenced by the weakened King position. (the result of …f6).
Good play. If a material up never be afraid to offer it back. Infact look for ways to offer
it back. It keeps you alert.

So now we are about to see Black, who is a piece up, offering a Bishop
to trap a Queen.

This game makes it a tidy in theme loop because it ends with White
(as in the first game) castling into mate in one.

You see I don’t just select these games at random, there is art in this blog writing.
I sometimes labour for months, nay, years, looking for games that meld into each other.
This lot took me all of 15 minutes.

Bedingbedang - barselona RHP 2008

We join the game after Black has won his piece. He then cooks up a wee
piece returning trap (this stunt is known as a ‘Sac Back Trap&rsquo😉



green bar

In Thread 150740 the lads were talking about opening traps.
I think a genuine opening trap should carry an element of risk for the
one setting the trap. But that discussion is for that thread.

How about playing a known dodgy opening hoping your opponent will
slip up trying to blast it off the board.

One such opening is Damiano’s line in the Petrov Defence.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4


It was one of the very first openings ever studied. Pedro Damiano looked at
and wrote about this position in 1512.

White plays 4.Qe2 winning a piece because if the e4 Knight moves then
Nc6 dis ch. by White wins the Black Queen. (this has happened 20+ times on RHP).
But although White wins a piece with 4.Qe2 Black can win it back with 4…Qe7.


After 5.Qxe4 d6 and the e5 Knight is pinned to the unprotected Queen on e4. It’s lost.

The drawback in Black’s camp is the clumsy placing of the Black Queen.

Let us look at two games.
In the first I suspect that Black played it to confuse his opponent or was giving them
a chance. These two have played each other loads of times, Black is the stronger
player so there maybe some coaching going on. Who knows?

suryapahar - Suminator RHP 2008



Let us look at White playing a better game against this line. This is a very good example.

Rob Truswell - srinadh RHP 2009



I miss The Duck.

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 150760
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