A Trap in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Exchange Variation

Care and concentration are needed on every move. Always keep your tactical radar switched on.

Here is a possible position in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Exchange Variation.

Black is hunting White’s dark-squared Bishop. He has played f6, driving the Bishop on g5 back to f4.

Then he played the Knight from f6 to h5 to eliminate that dark-squared Bishop altogether.

But Nh5 is a bad blunder.

Quite a few people have fallen into this trap. Can you work out why it was a blunder?

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.