Tuesday 2 February 2016

2016 Gibraltar Traps

A big open like Gibraltar is fertile ground for spotting opening traps/disasters. I found a few last year, so I thought I'd go hunting again. Here are a few games from the early rounds where the game was finished almost before it started

In this game White needed to look to the left, and to the right.

Tarr,Steve F (1779) - Gulamali,Kazim (2379) 
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016  Gibraltar (1.118), 26.01.2016

1.d4 d6 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Na3 Be6 6.c4 Qxb2 7.Nb5 Ne4 8.Rb1 Qxf2# 0-1

Here is another classic, which I am surprised Black did not recognise

Bellon Lopez,Juan Manuel (2376) - Kristinsson,Magnus (1776) 
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016  Gibraltar (1.119), 26.01.2016

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 Be7 4.Bd3 d5 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Nh3 a6 9.Bxh7+ 1-0

Even at 2300 some players forget to look at *all* checks and captures

Lazarne Vajda,Szidonia (2359) - Ganguly,Surya Shekhar (2660)
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016  Gibraltar (2.59), 27.01.2016

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Bd3 c5 5.c3 cxd4 6.cxd4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nf6 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 Nb4 11.Nxf6+ Bxf6 12.Be4 Nd5 13.Qb3 b6 14.Bxd5 exd5 15.Ne5 Be6 16.Rac1 Bxe5 0-1

And for the final game, it's just tactics, tactics, tactics by White

De Rosa,Mariagrazia (2088) - Winter,Kevin (1825)
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016  Gibraltar (3.117), 28.01.2016

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.g4 e5 5.g5 Ng8 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Rg1 g6 8.Bc4 c6 9.Bb3 b5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nxb5 Qa5+ 12.Nc3 Ba6 13.Bd2 Rd8 14.Nd5 Qb5 15.Nc7+ 1-0

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