Tricks And Traps After 1.e4

Whilst I don’t believe in playing for traps in the openings a knowledge of thematic traps helps us understand some important chess ideas. In this game I suspect that Artur Yusupov missed the brilliant Bxc4 because of White’s previous g2-g3, preparing to bring the bishop out to a different diagonal. It’s interesting how the mind works.


Author: NigelD

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: