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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Sicilian Defence (Trap #2)

I found out about this trap in the Sicilian the other day, and so I thought I'd share it with you! (That's you Steve ... ) It's more of a novelty than a well trodden line, but will probably trip the average club player up from time to time ...

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Qxd4 Nc6
5. Bb5 Bd7
6. Bxc6 Bxc6
7. Nc3 Nf6
8. Bg5 e6
9. 0-0-0 Be7
10. Qd3 (this allows the Nf3 to Nd4 on the next move ... )
10. ... 0-0
11.Nd4 a6 (starting Q-side operations)
12. f4 Qc7
13. h4! (normally in this position White plays Rhe1 or Kb1 or Rhg1 perhaps h4 though leads to interesting possibilities)
13. .. b5
14. e5! dxe5
15. Nxc6 Qxc6
16. fxe5 Nd5
17. Nxd5! Bxg5
18. hxg5 and there lies the trap ... Qxd5 or exd5 leads to Mate!

White wins easily with the extra piece.