1000 Opening traps/Eröffnungsfallen
CD/DVD-Box, ChessBase, 1. Auflage 2005
This fun CD with a large collection of chess disasters comes from the great German endgame expert GM Karsten Müller and the ChessBase openings specialist Rainer Knaak, based on openings traps. Must say, now and then we all fall in a position where we overlooked something as these 1000 chess players did in this exciting made database. Interesting enough the openings traps can be divided after the authors in two mayor categories: A) On one hand there are opening traps in which the person setting them deliberately chooses a line, in which he hopes that his opponent will make a mistake. The player setting the trap may well be taking a risk: if his opponent should make the correct move, then he himself is caught by the trap, because he then suffers a disadvantage. The risk being incurred can be of varying proportions, going down as far as almost no risk at all. In fact, examples in which real disadvantages are taken into account are rather rare. B) But if one simply plays one's normal lines and the opponent is suddenly faced with a situation in which the "normal" moves are met by a (usually) tactical counterstrike, one can only conditionally call this an opening trap. But avoiding such typical mistakes is just as important and will therefore play a large part on this CD. A nice example of play is the following game between two Italian chess players: Ruggeri Laderchi,G - Rosso,P [C40], thematic corr, 1999, where the comments are from Rainer Knaak. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 There is an incredible amount of material on the Latvian Gambit in the database Correspondence 2004. 3.Bc4!? You will hardly find a grandmaster going into this line with its long forced variations. [ 3.Nxe5] 3...fxe4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 Black falls into the trap in the strictest sense. [ 4...d5] 5.d4 Qxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Bf7+ Kd8 8.Bxg6 Qxh1+ 9.Ke2 c6 In the age of modern chess programs and computers it is certainly possible to demonstrate the win for White after this. [ White can also win after 9...Qxc1: 10.Nf7+ Ke8 11.Nxh8+ ( 11.Nd2 Qxa1! ( 11...hxg6? 12.Qxg6 Qxc2 ( 12...Qxa1 13.Nd6+ Mate in 9!) 13.Nxh8++-; 12.Qe5+ Ne7 ( 12...Be7? 13.Qxh8 hxg6 14.Qxg8+ Bf8 15.Ne5 c5 16.Nxe4+-) 13.Nxe4 ( 13.Nxh8+ hxg6 14.Nxe4 Bh6 15.Nxg6 Nbc6 16.Qh8+ Kf7 17.Qf6+=) 13...hxg6; 11...hxg6 ( 11...Kd8!? 12.Nf7+ Ke8 13.Bxe4! ( 13.Qxh7!? Nc6 ( 13...Ne7 14.Ne5+ Kd8 15.Qf7 Nxg6 16.Qf6+ Be7 17.Nf7+ Ke8 18.Qxg6+-) 14.c3\'f7; 13...Nf6 14.Nd6+ Kd8 15.Qf7+-; 12.Qxg6+ Kd8 13.Nf7+ Ke7 14.Nc3 Qxc2+ 15.Ke1 d6 ( 15...c6 16.Nd6 Nf6 17.Ncxe4! Nxe4 18.Qe8+ Kf6 ( 18...Kxd6 19.Qe5#) 19.Qxf8++-; 16.Nd5+ Kd7 17.Qxg8 Qxb2 18.Rd1 The position was already mentioned by Keres; here too White appears to have a winning attack. 18...e3 19.fxe3 Be7 20.Qg4+ Ke8 21.Qh5 Kf8 22.Nh8+-] 10.Nc3 Kc7 [ 10...Nf6 11.Qg5 Rg8 ( 11...Be7 12.Nf7+ Ke8 ( 12...Kc7 13.Bf4+ d6 14.Rxh1+-) 13.Nxh8+ Kf8 14.Nxe4+-; 12.Qxf6+ Be7 13.Qf7+-; 10...e3 11.Nf7+ Kc7 12.Qg5 Be7 13.Qg3+ d6 14.Be4 Bg4+ 15.Qxg4 Qxh2 16.Bxe3+-] 11.Bf4 Qxa1 [ 11...hxg6 12.Qxh8! Qxa1 13.Qxg8 d6 14.Qxf8 Qxb2 ( 14...Qg1 15.Nxe4!; 14...Bh3 15.Nxe4 Qf1+ 16.Kd2+-) 15.Kd2!; 11...Qg2 12.Nxc6+ Mate in 8!] 12.Nxd7+! [ 12.Nxd7+ Kd8 ( 12...Kxd7 13.Qf5+ Kd8 14.Qxf8+ Kd7 15.Qd6#) 13.Qe5 hxg6 14.Qc7+ Ke8 15.Qxc8+ Ke7 16.Nxf8+-] 1-0 The CD contains two databases, 1000 openings traps and 317 traps motifs and of course an impressive training base of 142 games! Conclusion: A killers CD!
With kind permission of the author John Elburg (www.chessbooks.nl)