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Chess Trap #1: The Blackburne-Shilling Gambit

The Blackburne-Shilling Gambit is one of the more famous chess traps. Legend says that the famous English master Joseph Henry Blackburne played this trap against amatuers in games for money, thus the name. The main variation in the trap leads to a very picturesque smothered mate position:

The trap mainly relies on the hope that your opponent would get greedy and pinch pawns. I, in fact, have used this trap in crucial situations.

WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS IN IMPORTANT GAMES. USE IT IF YOU NEED A QUICK WIN AGAINST A LOWER RATED OPPONENT.


I have personally used this opening many times in practice. I have scored victories over people in the 1000s rating range. Although the "gambit" can be declined in multiple ways, it still would give you a solid position.

Please post all of your questions and comments in the notes underneath here. Thank you for reading!

Comments


  • 5 weeks ago

    Samantha212

    Thanks.......Interesting gambit to know.

  • 14 months ago

    Gpod

    Yes. White does have the safer king and stronger center in exchange for the pawn, but if Black can stick it out he/she would be able to get a safe advantage.

  • 14 months ago

    RigasUT

    4. Nxe5 is no mistake, it's just dubious. Best play continues: 4. Nxe5 Qg5 5. Bxf7 Ke7 6. O-O! Qxe5 7. Bxg8 Rxg8 8. c3 Nc6 9. d4 Qf6 10. d5 Ne5 11. f4 Nf7 12. e5 Qb6+ 13. Kh1 where Black is better but is likely to have trouble.

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