The Lasker Trap:  Analysts are not Lasker.

The Lasker Trap: Analysts are not Lasker.

Mar 28, 2012, 3:28 AM |



1.d4 d5
2.c4 e5
3.dxe5 d4
4.e3 Bb4+
5.Bd2 dxe3

 “If White moves Queen to a4 delivering check: 6. Qa4+ Nc6 7. Bxb4 Qh4, threatening Qxf2+.”

 6.Qa4+ Nc6
(Bishop takes b4 is not a forced move.)
7.fxe3 Qh4+

8.g3 Qe4
9.Kf2 Qxe5


There are many lines to the Albin Counter-attack. This is merely an analysis of one that has been put forth by an expert. Bxb4 is not a forced move on move 7. It's better to delay it.


Qa4+ is my move, I think. Followed by taking the Pawn. If given the chance, I'll take his Bishop and check him again. The Knight would be pinned. I overlooked this simple truth the first time through my analysis. If he then moves Qh4, threatening Qxf2+ as the article suggests, Ne2.


But, I guess he's earned the Pawn at e5 in exchange for the Bishop. It's good to remember, he can only make one move at a time. And that one move can change the game.


Of course, my Pawn structure is a mess and I've probably just lost the game for that reason.


The best part about White's response to the threat is he doesn't have to castle now and gains a tempo. Like all attacks, this one leaves Black vulnerable to a counter-attack!


A new chess player should always remember this as well. Once your Grandmaster has made his moves and your opponent counters with something that didn't occur in the game, you're on your own.


Take the analysis for what it is: a review by someone who wasn't playing the game. He or she too, may have missed a move! But that's what makes chess fun!


To paraphrase Bobby Fischer's comment about Boris Spasky; “I'm not scared of him. He's scared of me. I'm not scared of him.” Trying to convince myself!


Mon 26 Mar 2012 07:40:48 CDT
Wed 28 Mar 2012 04:57:02 CDT