Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Rubinstein Trap

Rubinstein trap is named after Akiba Rubinstein. Interestingly, it is not because Rubinstein was the player who invented the trap, but because he got trapped twice into it. The first time in his game against Max Euwe (Bad Kisingen, 1928). The second time, in his game against Alexander Alekhine, two years later (San Remo 1930). This trap appears in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, where White wins an important central pawn. If Black is greedy, he/she will lose even the queen.

Dear readers, as you see, not only top chess players are victims of traps. In some cases, they even fall in the same trap more than once.

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