Do you believe in trap after trap?
In my previous articles I devoted a lot of time to opening traps. We saw different kinds of traps (good ones , bad ones) and we discussed how to avoid those nasty traps. But what if you deliberately want to fall into your opponent’s trap? Sounds crazy, right? Yet, falling into opponents’ traps was a favorite pastime of the great Michael Tal. In his book he even wrote a special chapter aptly named “Falling into a trap”. There he explains that whenever he feels like there is a trap prepared by his opponent, he always tries to find an unexpected continuation which could completely turn the table, so a prey becomes a hunter. He admits that he was successful on numerous occasions. Of course not everyone can play with fire the way the Magician from Riga could. But if you want to set a trap after your opponent’s trap you have to be sure that your refutation really works. In the next example White’s ‘trap after trap’ backfired badly.