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Hey SeanLukePicard, I'm trying to see how 4... a6? allows you to skip h3. I can't see it though. Do you mind explaining it to me?
4...a6 is a very questionable move. God knows what he was playing at.
4... a6 was intended to prevent my bishop pinning his Knight after it comes out but not bringing the knight out means 5... dxe5 is the best response after 5. Nxe5 that stops Legal's Mate after which I take his bishop with my Queen which could be gaurded by a Knight had his 4th move developed the Queen's Knight instead of preparing to develop it.
Hope this is helpful.
I see now. Had he a knight on f6 things would be very different.
I took my analysis set out and had a look at the position. What a neat little trap this is. Thanks a lot for taking the time out to reply, your analysis is very useful to me.
No problem, I'm wondering if you meant Knight on c6 but you seem to understand the trap. A Knight to f6 is the other possiblility you may encounter on Black's 4th move instead of Bishop to g4 which negates the trap. My opponent's early Bishop deployment was somewhat questionable more so than if it happend on Black's 4th turn.
My observations show the trap is effective in the 800-1300 range. To higher rated the trap is obvious or they know of it, lower rated like a safer position so they default to a reliable strategy they know well. But there are exceptions in both cases so prove me wrong if your up to the task.
20.Qb3 is much better than Qa4
Essential Endgame Technique:
I believe that endgame technique is one of the defining characteristics in each skill braket within chess, being able to use advantages considered minor at lower levels of play such as a pawn or 2 in material and cleverly using domination and common tactics such as triangualtion and zugzwang to out play your opponent is the essential key to acending above the 1400 rating "barrier" that I struggled with for months.
Game 1(Using the 1 pawn advantage in a K+5 vs K+4): Wolf_Rayet vs Bigdukesix 1-0
Game 2(Playing for a draw may win you the game): Wolf_Rayet vs. TimBitHauler 1-0
[Includes Draw technique with K+N+P vs. K+R]
[Includes Winning Technique for K+Q vs. K+R]
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