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  1. 23 Mar '12 20:39 / 1 edit
    Here is the end to a blitz game that I just finished. It ends with me sheepishly setting a trap, that my opponent falls right into. I am black, and white is rated over 1900.



    I played 1. ... Be4 just to save the piece and trade off my bad bishop.



    Then came 2.Bxe4 Rxe4 3.Qc2 attacking the c6 pawn.



    Here my original intention was just 3. ...Re6, but a saw a tactic and just kept on calculating. I should note the times, White: 1:08 (1 minute 8 seconds) Black: 1:28 ... This move took 6 seconds to find.

    This is not a forced win or anything just a devious little trap using the tactics in the position.

    There is one tactic in the position. Let's give white a move and play Qxc6 (his obvious intention).



    Here black could play Re1+, trying to remove the defender of c6 (Rxe1 Qxc6).



    But after Kh2, what has black gained?



    Back to the original position:



    With this in mind, and sort of having a free move before reaching this position, I came up with 3. ... Qf6. There is also a slight (very slight) postional justification for this move (if white played f3 and took on g6 after the rook moves, the rook ending would be harder to win).

    3. ... Qf6




    The trap is set, and white fell in hook, line, and sinker. Here is the conclusion to the game:

    4.Qxc6



    4. ... Re1+



    5.Kh2



    5. ... Qf4+ This is the extremely useful extra move I needed!



    And White Resigned Before

    6.g3



    6. ... Qxf2 Mate




    Are there any lessons here? Let me think of something ...

    1. When you see a tactical sequence (the Re1 deflection idea after Qxc6) try to look a little further (farther? "Drop it" - Groucho). There may be a way to make it work.

    2. Never assume that a strong player just drops a pawn. Always be suspicious, especially in seemingly innocent positions. The material is usually hanging for a reason! White actually did himself in.

    3. Always play for traps. 🙂 For more info, see Greenpawn.

    I may post some more interesting recent blitz positions if this goes over well. I have a few nice ones lately (and some real lemons too).
  2. 23 Mar '12 22:20
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Here is the end to a blitz game that I just finished. It ends with me sheepishly setting a trap, that my opponent falls right into. I am black, and white is rated over 1900.

    [fen]4r1k1/p4pp1/2p3qp/3p4/8/1P3B1P/P1bQ1PP1/2R4K[/fen]

    I played 1. ... Be4 just to save the piece and trade off my bad bishop.

    [fen]4r1k1/p4pp1/2p3qp/3p4/4b3/ ...[text shortened]... positions if this goes over well. I have a few nice ones lately (and some real lemons too).
    After Qc2, it was blacks move, but you show White taking c6 as the next move?

    Mike
  3. 23 Mar '12 22:38
    Originally posted by michael liddle
    After Qc2, it was blacks move, but you show White taking c6 as the next move?

    Mike
    I said let's give white a move, right before I did.
    I let white move twice on purpose to show the black tactic after the move.
    Sorry for the confusion.
  4. 23 Mar '12 23:49
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    I said let's give white a move, right before I did.
    I let white move twice on purpose to show the black tactic after the move.
    Sorry for the confusion.
    I missed that. It doesn't take much to confuse me, especially when vino is involved!

    Mike
  5. Standard member chessicle
    The Chessicle
    24 Mar '12 10:06
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Here is the end to a blitz game that I just finished. It ends with me sheepishly setting a trap, that my opponent falls right into. I am black, and white is rated over 1900.

    [fen]4r1k1/p4pp1/2p3qp/3p4/8/1P3B1P/P1bQ1PP1/2R4K[/fen]

    I played 1. ... Be4 just to save the piece and trade off my bad bishop.

    [fen]4r1k1/p4pp1/2p3qp/3p4/4b3/ ...[text shortened]... positions if this goes over well. I have a few nice ones lately (and some real lemons too).
    Nice. I saw (in less than six seconds, and would have played) ... Qd6 (instead of ... Qf6) forcing the Rook to capture on e1 and thus hanging the Queen after the same sequence, which I guess also wins, but that mating finish is lovely.
  6. 24 Mar '12 12:15 / 1 edit
    i was also thinking 3...Qd6 but taking away the h2 square for the white king probably makes the trap too obvious. at least for a 1900 player with more than a minute on the clock
  7. 25 Mar '12 02:36
    Nice trick Paul.
    Of course sometimes you have no need to use a pawn as bait.
    This game is a nigh replica of your final position with the same theme.

    You final mating position.


    Now look at.....

    TalonBoss - mladenko RHP 2007

  8. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    25 Mar '12 04:05
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Nice trick Paul.
    Of course sometimes you have no need to use a pawn as bait.
    This game is a nigh replica of your final position with the same theme.

    You final mating position.

    [fen]6k1/p4pp1/2Q4p/3p4/8/1P4PP/P4q1K/2R1r3 w - - 0 4[/fen]
    Now look at.....

    [b]TalonBoss - mladenko
    RHP 2007

    [pgn]
    [FEN "r3r1k1/p1Q2pp1/1p5p/5q2/8/7P/PP2RPP1/3 ...[text shortened]... on the seventh. You could say this was Positional Bait.} 2...Re1+ 3. Kh2 Qf4+ 4. g3 Qxf2[/pgn][/b]
    That is uncanny. I should know better by now, but I am still amazed at the cool things you find.

    And Paulbuchmanfromfics threads are the best.
  9. 27 Mar '12 00:56 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Here is the end to a blitz game that I just finished. It ends with me sheepishly setting a trap, that my opponent falls right into. I am black, and white is rated over 1900.

    [fen]4r1k1/p4pp1/2p3qp/3p4/8/1P3B1P/P1bQ1PP1/2R4K[/fen]

    I played 1. ... Be4 just to save the piece and trade off my bad bishop.

    [fen]4r1k1/p4pp1/2p3qp/3p4/4b3/ positions if this goes over well. I have a few nice ones lately (and some real lemons too).
    Cool. The subtle yet signficant black Qf6 move. And the white Q grabbed the c6 pawn . . . I like your explanation. Awesome that you saw that in a blitz game.

  10. 27 Mar '12 00:57 / 4 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Now look at.....

    [b]TalonBoss - mladenko
    RHP 2007

    [pgn]
    [FEN "r3r1k1/p1Q2pp1/1p5p/5q2/8/7P/PP2RPP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1"]
    1. Rxe8+ Rxe8 2. Qd7 {White is now expecting 2...Qxd7 when he gets a Rook on the seventh. You could say this was Positional Bait.} 2...Re1+ 3. Kh2 Qf4+ 4. g3 Qxf2[/pgn][/b]
    Nice. It is a similar theme, though with the positional bait in lieu of the hanging pawn bait, as you indicate. Would be an enjoyable game to win like that.

    The final position.