Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Hidden Trap

There are sharp openings plenty of tactics where unaware players can fall if playing carelessly. The Sicilian Defence is one of them. Because of that, whenever possible, players with a positional style tend to avoid them choosing quiet lines or going for early piece exchanges. That is what happens in today’s game from the World Rapid Chess Championship (Warshaw, 2021).

GM Badur Jobava, playing White, chooses an early bishop exchange in the Sicilian Defense.

Probably his opponent believed that Jobava wanted to play a positional game. Because of that he completely lost sight of a hidden tactic in the middle game.

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