Traps, Tricks & Mistakes. Wei Yi Trapped

Wei Yi (born 2 June 1999) is a Chinese GM, chess prodigy and exponent of the new generation of young Chinese players. He became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days, the fifth youngest in history.

Being a talented player doesn’t mean immunity against traps. Wei Yi recently fell the victim of a trap set by Indian GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

They faced each other in the Belt and Road Hunan International Open. This tournament took place from 29 July to 6 August 2019 in Changsha, China.

The trap is so effective, that Wei resigned after 16 moves!

Moral: Don’t trust when you play against a titled player and he/she generously offers you a present (like a pawn plus check, in today’s game). Most probably is a trap!

If GMs are victims of traps from time to time, imagine how often a beginner can be caught in a trap!

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