Last Tuesday or Wednesday I posted this positon on the OTB forum after
I had just played 10.h4 showing a trap where I give up my Queen
to hopefully mate my opponent in the 3 day league down the h-file.
(that is why I delayed castling looking for such a shot).
White (me) has just played 10.h4
The OTB boys laughed. They liked the idea but shook their heads in dismay.
(no comments or hints were given, they thought nobody will fall for it).
On Saturday I happened to be on line* when he took the Bishop and
we traded move for move, him falling right into my posted trap and
heading for a classic finish.
He played 16...Ng6 I played 17.Nh4 and then he realised his intended
17...Nf4 walked right into a beautiful mate in three.
Here is the trap in full. It's a cracker snapper.
Who is going resist hitting f2 and then winning the Queen with a Knight fork?
In the actual game he played 17...d5 and resigned one move later Game 5986145
Pity. It would have been good to have the beautiful variation on the CV.
Of course the whole thing is unsound. He should not take the g5
Bishop but go hunting the b3 Bishop instead.
Taking the Queen gives White too much play and I'm sure
White is winning, if not then certainly enjoying himself.
So why did I play it if I knew it was dodgy.
I could not resist it.
And anyway you lose 10 mundane games and win one like this -
which one are you going to remember?
*I did not happen to be on line - I was waiting for him to appear to
see if I could Blitz him into it. I wondered if he was going to show up
and then suddenly there he was taking my Bishop.
Rule of Thumb No.66
Don't play blitz your moves unless you are going for cheapo's.
Rule of Thumb No.67
Never take old Greenpawn's Queen - even with a check.