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Mirroring the Opponent's Opening, Centralizing and Setting Traps

In a tournament in Puerto Rico in 1983, I had Black against Manuel Moraza, ex-champion of my country and a very strong player. I had not played actively in 5 years, and this was the last round of a 5-round weekend Swiss. So I played his favorite Taimanov Sicilian, although I really never studied the opening. I was playing, as they say "by ear".

I was able to produce a good game. Grandmaster Julio Bolbochán ( He has victories against Euwe, Larry Evans and Ludek Pachman) visited Puerto Rico the next year, and Mr. Moraza showed him the game. Mr. Bolbochán liked it! So here it goes.


How did I win this game?

1) By surprising my opponent by playing his own favorite opening.

2) By countering his inexact moves with the opening of the centre and centralizing my pieces.

3) By setting two traps into which he fell.






  • 21 months ago


    Denver, a colonized country is still a country. According to the UN, Puerto Rico is a colony.


    It might not be a sovereign country, but it is still a country.

  • 22 months ago


    I understand that those things are allowed to Puerto Rico. I thought you were from another country.

  • 22 months ago


    Denver, Puerto Rico has its own Olympic Committee.....we go to the Olympics in London this summer as a country. We have our own National Chess Championship, and we go to the Chess Olympiad as a country also.

  • 22 months ago


    Hi Kam

    Nice game.

    You said he was ex champion of my country. Which country are you from? 

    Puerto Rico is a USA territory. 

  • 23 months ago


    Thanks, Andy. I remember looking this up later and discovering that White apparently can get a plus by playing h4 at some point, taking advantage of the fact that Black's knight is at e7 instead of f6. To be continued.....

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