Queen Trap

Queen Trap

MikeySlice
MikeySlice
Sep 15, 2018, 2:32 PM |
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One of the best ways to win a Chess game is to trap your opponents Queen.

Most players can win a game when they're up a Queen from the beginning of the game. Most players often resign once they've lose their queen in the opening. Makes sense right?

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How can you plan to trap a queen though? It all starts with your opponent using their queen to attack one of your pieces minor pieces. At least that was my strategy in this game. 

Once I saw my opponent attack my knight at the beginning of this game I said you're going to need more than that to take down that knight, and even if you bring your bishop to help I'm still not going to lose material. Or maybe that was my ego talking!

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It's also worth noting that you shouldn't attack a minor piece that's protected by a pawn. No matter how many pieces you try to attack with, unless one of those is a pawn, you're not going to win the exchange.

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After he brought in his bishop I went for the sneaky move Nh5, attacking his knight. There was one problem with this idea though. If he takes my knight and I take his knight with a check he could take back with his bishop. So I had to be careful not to lose my knight in the process.

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Just as I thought he went in for my knight on e5. I took back on e5 with my pawn, and he took with his Queen on e5. Right now he won the pawn and he's attacking my knight on h4 twice. I'm in trouble! Or am I?

Luckily when I take his knight on f6 it's a check, and the beginning of the trap! If he takes with the pawn I trap his Queen. If he takes with the Queen I take with the Rook and he takes my rook with the pawn. Luckily he didn't see the first idea so he captured with his pawn. Bad move!

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Now Bf4 has the queen trapped, nowhere for her to go. At this point my opponent resigned instead of continuing with Qxf4. I don't blame him. It's really tough to win down a whole Queen so early on in the game.

Learn more Chess Fundamentals with me and GM Eugene Perelshteyn in this video.

The takeaway

Don't attack minor pieces with your Queen early on in the game. Especially if it's protected by a pawn! These kinds of things happen all the time in lower rated games, but being aware of the consequences can lead you to winning more games by avoiding these positions.

Would you have fallen for this trap? Let me know in the comments below. Is there something I could've done better? What would you have done in my spot? I want to hear about it.

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If you follow these rules maybe you'll be like Homer Simpson and master the Budapest Gambit. Who knows?