Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Intrincate Trap

The same trap motif can appear in different openings. Sometimes the pattern is difficult to discover and then even great masters fall into the trap.

Do you remember the “Elephant Trap”? In today example that motif takes a sophisticated appearance and even the following combination doesn’t look simple.

Oldrich Duras, a leading chess master from the early 20th century is the victim in this game.

Maybe we feel comforted when we see that even great masters overlook traps. But that happens only occasionally in master practice and it has to be an encouragement for us, simple amateurs, to improve in our knowledge of the game.

In these uncertain times of pandemic when OTB tournaments are infrequent, our virtual club regularly organizes online tournaments and matches. More than 330 members enjoy this chance. New tournaments will start soon, team matches wait for more players and there is Blitz every Saturday. Register now! Limited slots!

Great news for players enjoying OTB games: Nairobi Chess Club is resuming its activities from 6th February 2021 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The venue remains the same at Goan Gymkhana Club, Ngara Road, Nairobi. Please note that masks must be worn all the time. Hand sanitiser will be available. Only members are eligible to play. Visitors are welcome to try out the club on a complimentary basis on the first visit.

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