Today we’re going to talk about chess traps and most importantly, the idea behind them – how they are set up, why they are so important and how you can use them against your opponents. The best way to set up a trap is by making it look natural, where you allow your opponent to play a ‘good-looking’ move, but at the same time you continue your develop and ultimately your position will look good. So it’s a very subtle kind of approach. 🙂
Most often the cause of a trap is bad development or the fact that someone does not have what it takes in order to bring over his pieces in time and in good ways. Today our guest coach IM Valeri Lilov will present to you 3 interesting chess traps.
1) The Lasker Trap
The Lasker Trap comes from the Queen’s Gambit Declined lines, from the Albin counter-gambit in particular. Black immediately challenges the center by offering his own pawn on e5. The Lasker Trap, however, does not immediately take the pawn and instead pushes forward with the pawn to d4. This simple move applies immense pressure on White and eventually White is forced to deal with this thorn in his side. If White defends incorrectly, he can easily fall into the Lasker Trap.
2) The Halosar Trap
The Halosar Trap comes from the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, where White looks to sacrifice his pawn on e4, with the goal of simply playing Nc3. What’s so interesting about this trap is that White gets ready to develop his pieces. It’s not about the pawn sacrifice, but about the scope of the pieces.
3) The Monticelli Trap
Here you wouldn’t really expect to see a trap in a position of that kind, because it is about provoking the opponent to activate early, allowing Black to open up his position. The important thing lies within your ability to see what is weak for your opponent – to identify his weaknesses or the major of vulnerabilities and hitting them before he releases it.