Saturday, November 28, 2020

Copy-Cat Trap

If the opponent copies your moves, you can try the copy-cat trap.
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Nxe5 Nxe4?
[correct move is 3...d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 (=)]
4. Qe2 Nf6??
[better move is 4...Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 6. d4 dxe5 7. dxe5 (±)]
5. Nc6+ Be7
[if 5...Qe7 6. Nxe7 (+−)]
6. Nxd8

Play through this trap on my Lichess study page
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Outflanking in Chess Endgames

Outflanking is the method of avoiding opposition by by-passing the enemy King to enter the opponent's side of the board.

White to Play and Win
1. Ke6 Kc8
2. Kd6 Kb7
3. Kd7! Kb8
4. Kc6 Ka7
5. Kc7! Ka8
6. Kxb6 (+-)

Watch this position with analysis on my Lichess study
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