Another Trap Based On …Qa5+

Whilst it’s fresh on my mind, here’s another trap featuring …Qa5+ which I once managed to land on someone myself in a Bolton Rapidplay tournament. White’s 3.e3 error has been made by quite a few strong players, probably because they identify the position as being strategically similar to the one that arises after 2…d5 and then play their ‘repertoire’ move.

This makes 2…c6 into quite a tricky move, and it’s also one of Black’s best scoring options. One further thought is that after 3.Bxf6 gxf6! 4.Nf3, there’s an echo theme with 4…e5!? (apparently a theoretical novelty) and now 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Nxe5 Qa5+ will win the knight!

Nigel Davies


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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: