13236 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I remember a chess tutorial book that had an opening story that described some famous chess player in the early 1900, (maybe lasker?), someone who was poor, and a rich guy offered him money to make some of his opening moves that would lead to the rich guy getting his queen early in the game. This way he could say he beat a great chess player, but he still lost anyway. The moral of the story being to never give up.
Does anyone know which book that was?
The Prince and the Pauper?
I too have come across that story several years ago. If I can remember and look it up I will send a line. Initially I am thinking of Morphy.
Well, I'm more interested in the book than the story. But the story may help me find the book. I just remember it being usefully instructive to me from what bits I did read... I think.
I don't think it was Morphy. He was rich.
It's "Modern Chess Opening Traps" by William Lombardy IGM ©1972
Page 5 A Trap Does Not Finish The Game
During the depression, when a dollar was a dollar, an enthusiastic patron of the game approached noted international master and author I.A. Horowitz in the Manhattan Chess Club and challenged him to a game at the fabulous stakes of three dollars. But there was one condition. If the amateur should be unhappy with the master's reply to a move, the amateur could pay a quarter and suggest another move, which the master would then make—mate in one notwithstanding! I.A., furtively rubbing his hands together, reluctantly accepted the deal! And so, to arms!
1. P-K4! "Why not play 1. P-Q4?" "The wily patron has something up his sleeve," thought I.A., pocketing his first quarter. And so 1. P-Q4. The game proceeded 1. ... N-KB3 2. P-QB4! "May I suggest 2. N-Q2(!)?" "Yes, of course," replied I.A., the second quarter in hand. Thus: 2. N-Q2 P-K4 3. P-K3. A third quarter changed hands, White's last move was retracted and there followed: 3. PxP N-N5 4. KN-B3. "Don't you think you ought to chase the knight instead?" cajoled our patron. "Well," reasoned I.A., "what can I lose? Even odds, I should win anyway!" With the fourth quarter tucked, I.A., like a lamb led to the slaughter, essayed: 4. P-KR3 (?)!
After this, Black gave no quarter: 4. ... N-K6 (!). If 5. PxN Q-R5+ 6. P-N3 QxP mate! "Even the world's champion would resign here," contributed our patron, his face flushed with anticipated victory. With a touch of the master's condescendence, I.A. intoned, "You can't win by resigning!" The game continued: 5. KN-B3 NxQ 6. KxN and White won a long ending! After all, wasn't he the professional!
Just one word of advice. An opponent may fall into a trap, but, unless mate is administered, he won't surrender so easily. A player must be alert enough to press home the advantage on his own! Now for the traps!
11/28/2015 - White To Draw
by pizzacupcakes 3 minutes ago
Is there any chance that a 1300 rated player can beat a 2700 rated player?
by ColdLana 3 minutes ago
why is e5 more popular than c5 at lower levels of play?
by OnceUponaCheckmate 4 minutes ago
Referrals to Chess.com
by notmtwain 8 minutes ago
by RonaldJosephCote 9 minutes ago
Younger and more talented players than Carlsen
by SmyslovFan 9 minutes ago
Chess Scenario: Opening Preparation
by Sqod 11 minutes ago
Phantom chess. wow. first time hearing about it. Question for you guys.
by SuperMoverBros 15 minutes ago
Looking to build an aggressive d4 repertoire for white
by notmtwain 17 minutes ago
How to become a staff member
by Whip_Kitten 21 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!