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A friend of mine had this played against him by a much higher-rated player in the first round of the 1976 US Open. Of course its shock value is considerable...but my friend was still able to draw the guy.
Here's another way to play this as White. I think this second method may be simpler. White wins a pawn almost by force. The resulting position gives black some drawing chances, but the game is going to come down to one of two results. In practical terms at the Grandmaster level, this position was close to winning by move 25.
That's one of the first traps I ever learned, and likely one of the best known opening errors in all of chess. Sorry to disappoint you :)
Not that I know everything. Messing around in the Ruy it occured to me in one speed game, why doesn't white just play an early d4? And I found what was probably a trap known for decades by my opponent...
Congratulations! You've just reinvented the Noah's Ark Trap!
Quite right - named after the first place it was played.
Incidentally, it was Noah's son Ham who actually played it - but he had already had his name immortalized when he discovered Dad had accidentally allowed a third pig on board.
My God, it is one of the most basic tricks in the openings, known for nearly 400 years from an analyses by Greco. In 1620!Don't want to offend people, but it is so American - I think - not to research things like that and bla-bla-bla about such a position.
So Europeans don't count it as "research" if you ask other players in your (online) community about something you haven't seen before? How refined and intellectual you all must be!
Thanks for making this a welcoming place to learn, Eurosnob.
tHIS NOT NEW i dont renember whats it called.
I have seen it played in many tournament real live tournaments I have played in
Was this the Chess for Success regional tournament? Because I played in the open side-tournament for adults at the one in Coquille.
Yes this was the regional tournament for district 12 just west of Portland.
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