Let’s have a little test of your skills right now.
After the moves 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-Nc6 3.Bc4, Black – seeking simplification – can blunder away a pawn with 3…Nd4. What would be your initial impulse with White?
How would you play here as White?
Although this trap is pretty simple, you can’t imagine how often White players fall right into it! According to my database, 4.Ne5 is the 2nd most popular choice! 198 Players played 4.Nd4, while 155 overly optimistic guys captured the pawn with 4.Ne5.
After 4.Ne5-Qg5 White realizes what’s wrong, but now it’s too late…
Surprisingly, White is lost!
I will not analyze the position thoroughly – it’s pretty simple and you can work out the details yourself. The most natural game continuation is 5.Nf7-Qg2 6.Rf1-Qe4 7.Be2-Nf3#
White was mated in 7 moves!
Being a chess coach, I must teach students to play properly and avoid tricky lines. However, I do agree that some opening traps work very well, especially in blitz games and/or against club players.
You can learn another nice example of an opening catastrophe from a free video lesson, “Chess Opening Disasters”, prepared by our guest coach IM Alex Kundin:LINK
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There’s good news for Spanish-speaking students. The course, “An Endgame Expert”, is now available in Spanish language:
I’m not sure why, but very often I receive messages from Spanish-speaking students, who ask me to provide the courses into their mother tongue. Hence, I’m glad to present this new translation for you.
By the way, three other courses have been translated to SPANISH already:
- “The Grandmaster’s Secrets“: LINK
- “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory“: LINK
- “How to Beat Titled Players“: LINK
If you don’t even have an English version of the course, “An Endgame Expert“, this might be a good time to study it!
With this one course, you’ll learn everything you need to become an expert in endgames.
I do receive messages from students all the time. In the past I used to publish them regularly, but then I stopped because there were simply too many of them.
Still, it might be interesting for you to know about the experiences of other students. Hence, I’ll provide a few right here.