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Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Trapped Rook

  • GM Gserper
  • | Aug 29, 2010
  • | 18237 views
  • | 46 comments

The pattern we are going to discuss today is unique in many ways. First of all, every single tactical pattern we've talked about so far can happen both in an opening or in a middle game, but today's pattern usually happens only in an early opening stage.   Secondly, most of the tactical textbooks ignore this pattern for some reason.  Yes, you can find the games where this pattern happened, but I've never seen a book or a chess article devoted to this pattern.  Maybe that explains why so many strong chess players fell for this trap.

I learned this pattern as a boy in a book devoted to the Queen's Gambit Accepted, where I found the next game:

(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your tactical skills, so the games are given as a Quiz.  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list.")

 

I was so excited about this trap at that point in my chess career that I even switched from my favorite 1.e4 to 1.d4 hoping to lure someone into it.  Needless to say it never happened.  This variation of the Queen's Gambit Accepted is so well known, that it was really naive of me to hope to win a game this way.  But it is a good idea to remember that your Rook can be trapped on its initial position if the long diagonal gets opened.
You might think that this pattern is too primitive for most chess players to fall for it.  Think again!  The next extraordinary game shows how the FIDE World Champion and one of the best players in the history of chess both missed it!!
 Let me show you two more games where strong GMs fell for this little trick:
In conclusion, let me repeat that even though this pattern is very simple, still many strong players have fallen for it.  So, watch out for the Rooks in the corner of the board, and if your opponent allows the pattern we analyzed today, don't miss your golden opportunity the way Kasparov did!

Comments


  • 20 months ago

    shahrokh1975

    THANKS!

  • 3 years ago

    LeSecretR

    Thank you very much for the advice. About the missed move of big K, i think it was in classical way of playing and diden't  expect such advantage from a so great player as Kasimdzhanov.

  • 3 years ago

    CMGuess

    How did the big K miss such a simple tactic, but is genius enough to spot one 10 moves down easily? <_>

  • 4 years ago

    Chacku

    good advice.

  • 4 years ago

    C-dog1

    Once you learn the pattern you can spot them pretty quickly.

  • 4 years ago

    HugoMorphy

    Yo creo que Garry estaba pensando en una bella mujer....I think that Garry was dreaming with a beautiful girl!..lol

  • 4 years ago

    HugoMorphy

    Estimado GeniusKJ, really Kasparov missed it:  10...... Ae5!! 11. d6 , Tb8 and black win!

    Saludos desde Chile

  • 4 years ago

    anandhakumaran

    good one .............

  • 4 years ago

    KaosKing

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  • 4 years ago

    jaycsa

    nice one

  • 4 years ago

    TheChimp

    I am no master, but even before the tactical error I don't like Van Wely's very passive defense.

    GM Serper, thank you for your excellent article.

  • 4 years ago

    0316

    i think it's impossible...i don't understand...how come the author believes that black is losing???give me an idea please...i'm very interested to know..thanks!!

  • 4 years ago

    JKnight8

    Hey, the game where Kasparov missed 10...Be5 was a blitz game, he probably overlooked because how many GMs at that level misses such an easy thing? He didn't even looked at tactics so early in the opening.

  • 4 years ago

    joseywales2

    The last game puzzle was smooth!

  • 4 years ago

    Roxus_Maximus

    Alekhine missed it too! It makes me think that their could be a problem with it...

  • 4 years ago

    Patzerelli

    I'm still a little disappointed when people try to save the their c pawn after accepting the gambit when I play the QG. I want to win the game but not that early, especially to someone rated near or above me.

  • 4 years ago

    SuperVJ

    @GeniusKJ

    10. ...Be5 11. d6 Rb8 12. Bf4 Bxa1 and the d6-pawn is in the way.

  • 4 years ago

    Onno

    GeniusKJ,

    How should white force bishop trade?

  • 4 years ago

    Xunfeng

    pretty article.

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  • 4 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    GM ... are you sure Garry "missed" it? Or did he think it was bad....

    If Kasparov plays Be5... white has d6! White can get the rook back. If white black moves the rook, white can force bishop trade.. or just a trade of rooks.... Kasparov missed nothin!

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