Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Identifying Traps

The most unpleasant situation a chess player experiences is when his/her opponent plays an unexpected move.

Many times, beginners use to memorize moves played by masters in order to save time playing quickly the opening. Their intention is to use the valuable extra minutes in the middle game where to find the right plan is a difficult task.

The risk of doing it is that many times they don’t pay attention to what those moves mean and why the masters have played them.

It happens many times that in the hurry for playing the opening moves, the player doesn’t recognize or doesn’t make the effort in recognizing patterns from other openings which can be suitable in the position.

Today’s game is one of these cases.

If you take a look at the “Elephant Trap” you will see the similarity with today’s trap, despite being different openings.

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