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Chandler Cornered

I'm on TV + The Talking Tree + Ponziani Traps


A film crew turned up to film and interview me.
I took their picture. I nicknamed them Rag, Tag and Bobtail.



This is them setting up their kit.

I'm sworn to secrecy but I will tip you all off
when it is appears on the telly. They were here for about
3 hours and said they will most likely use 5 minutes of it.

Huh! I don't even get my 15 minutes.

The Talking Tree



"Hi I'm the Talking Tree and today we will talk about endings..."





Never mind that endings tosh - let's talk CHESS TRAPS



First I define what, in my opinion, is a trap.

A trap is a move whose sole purpose is to trick the opponent into making a mistake.

Some positions produce 'traps' by natural means. Look at this position.
Appelt v Heiss, Germany 1995.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 d6 White to play.










The White e-pawn is under attack but it is defended by tactics.
Can you see it? If 1...Nxe4? 2.d5! Nb8 3.Qa4+



All White need do is play a move that does not interfere with the idea.

Look at the position again.










White has 4 good and plausible moves to hold the e-pawn.
5. Bg5 5.d5 5.Bd3 and 5.Nbd2 However he spotted the shot and played 5.Be2.

Here is the game.



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G.Appelt- H.Heiss

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 d6 5.Be2 Nxe4 6.d5 Nb8 7.Qa4+


So 5.Be2 is nice example of a trap. Well yes and no.
You see there is nothing wrong with 5.Be2.
It develops a piece, prepares to castle and is sound.

Let us assume that White chose 5.Bg5 instead of 5.Be2.
So 5.Bg5 h6 gives us this position White to play.










Setting a trap in this position would be 6.Bc1?
A truly awful move. Undeveloping a piece and wasting time.
This is a good example of playing for TRAPS.

The game is going along fine when suddenly the caveman
that lurks inside all of us suddenly has an idea.



"Hey look,I've unpinned your f6 Knight. You can take my e-pawn."

That to me this is a setting a trap.
You knowingly play an inferior move hoping, praying (knowing) that your
opponent will play the 'obvious' move and you smack him with your wooden club.

So the advice for today is NOT to set traps that hurt your position.
Of course setting traps in totally lost positions is OK. Why Not?
This is called wriggling for survival, it's better than rolling over.

I'll give an example. R.McAndrew - G.Chandler, Edinburgh CH. 1979.
I'm lost after my ingenius 18...gxh3? and from then on it is
trap after trap after trap. And then with just one last hurdle
to jump my opponents stumbles. 29.d8=Q+ Rxd8 and THEN 30.hxg3 1-0.
Instead....


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R. McAndrew - G. Chandler

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 Bg4 4.Bg2 e6 5.0-0 Bxf3 6.exf3 h5 7.h3 h4 8.g4 Nf6 9.f4 Bd6 10.Be3 Qe7 11.Nd2 Nh7 12.Nf3 0-0-0 13.c4 g5 14.c5 Bxf4 15.Bxf4 gxf4 16.b4 f5 17.b5 fxg4 18.bxc6 gxh3 19.cxb7+ Kb8 20.Bxh3 Rdg8+ 21.Kh2 Rg3 22.Ne5 Qe8 23.c6 Ng5 24.Bg4 f3 25.Nd7+ Qxd7 26.cxd7 Rg2+ 27.Kh1 Rxg4 28.Rg1 Rg3 29.Rxg3 hxg3+ 30.Kg1 Nh3+ 31.Kf1 g2+ 32.Ke1 g1Q+ 33.Kd2 Qxf2+ 34.Kc1 Nf4


I've drifted a wee bit.
We were talking about playing inferior moves looking for blunders.
Here is one of my idols doing just that. Rudolf Spielmann.
E.Heilmann - R.Spielmann, Berlin 1907. Black to play.










Spielmann played the rather shallow Trap 15...Bd6?
Hoping for 16.cxd4 when 16...Qh5+ mates White.
No doubt lured into it by the Queen sacrifice.
16...Qh5+ 17.g3 Qxg3 18.hxg3 Bxg3 mate.










White saw that one played 16.Qb3! and went onto to win.

So I've taken it on from Black's 15th and played the better move 15...Nxc3.
What follows is not totally forced but the alternate moves for White
are not very pleasant.
I've stopped at move 23 with Black in a crushing position.



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E.Heilmann - R.Spielmann

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Bd7 5.exd5 Nd4 6.Qd1 Nxf3+ 7.Qxf3 f5 8.d4 e4 9.Qd1 Nf6 10.c4 Bb4+ 11.Nc3 0-0 12.Be2 f4 13.Bxf4 Nxd5 14.Bd2 e3 15.fxe3 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Qh4+ 17.g3 Qe4 18.Rf1 Rxf1+ 19.Bxf1 Bxc3 20.Bxc3 Qxe3+ 21.Be2 Qxc3+ 22.Kf2 Rf8+ 23.Kg2 Qe3


How does White answer the threat of 24...Rf2+
24.Bf3 Rxf3! 25.Qxf3 Bh3+
24.Qe1 Qe4+ 25.Kg1 Bh3
24.Bd3 Rf2+ 25.Kh1 Bh3
It's a hopeless position.

Right before I go, you will have noticed a few examples were from
The Ponziani 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 I like using positions
following an opening theme. That way you get to see the point
I am making and at the same time, hopefully, pick up a trick or two in an opening.

I got the idea from Sid Simpson.
Sid does not play chess, Sid drives the No.35 bus that takes me to work.
One day he said;
"Geoff, why not show all your examples using the same opening."

So whilst looking for models I happened upon these two instructive beauties.

In the first one Black gets himself all gummed up and walks into a double check mate.


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Karayannis - Nikolaou

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 5.d5 Ne7 6.Nxe5 d6 7.Qa4+ Bd7 8.Nxd7 Nc5 9.Nf6


The next one is humorous. In this Position Black to play.










See the threat? Yes Bxf7+ discovering an attack on the unprotected Black Queen.
Well in L.Komarek - A.Korn, Germany 1992. Black played 7..Bd7 and resigned after 8.Bxf7+

This position arose in the following game played in 2001.
Black spotted the trap and stop that one with Be6. Very cute.
And the very next move he fell right into it.


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F.De Barros - A.Bonnaud


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Qd6 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4 Qe4+ 7.Kd1 Be6 8.d3 0-0-0 9.Bxe6+



Black had to play 8...Rd8 and he would have the far better position.
Instead 8...0-0-0 allows the Bishop on e6 to go with a check and
he has walked himself into the original trap.

So A.Bonnaud who ever you are and where ever you are.
You get this weeks pie in the mush.




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