The Greatest Ever Chess Tricks



Jahn O. - Kauschmann H.
0-1, 08/12/1988.



This is a sly trick, which can force White to wreck his position after a handful of moves.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5

This is recognised as the Trompowsky Attack named after the former Brazilian champion, Octavio Trompowsky (1897 - 1984).

2...Ne4 3.h4 A strange-looking move popularized by the English grandmaster, Julian Hodgson, who adopted it after seeing Chris Depasquale despatch grandmaster Kudrin in impressive fashion using this line.


 The basic idea is that 3...Nxg5 4.hg opens the h-file for White's king's rook.

4.Nd2 Qd6

A sneaky move, because it seems that Black is intending to play ...QB4+ and consequently White takes evasive action.


 White should try 5.Nxe4 although after 6.Qd2 Nc6 7.O-O-O Bf5 8.e3 O-O-O Black was fine in D. Kosic-J. Arnason, Iraklion 1993.


An extraordinary-looking move and enough to frighten White into resigning prematurely. Obviously he can't take the knight due to 6.fg?? Qxg3# ; and 6.Rh3 hardly helped White after 6...Bxh3 7.Nxh3 Nxf1 8.Kxf1 Nd7 with a great game for Black, S. Huette-J.Bascon, Dos Hermanas (blitz) 2004. ;

However, White can play on with the absurd-looking 6.Rh2!? safe in the knowledge that 6...Nxf1 can be met with 7.Nxf1 protecting the king's rook; whilst ;

 6...... Nxe2? runs into 7.Nxe2! Qxh2 8.Ng3 followed by [...] 9.Nf3 and the queen is trapped. ;

Black should try 6.....f6 7.Be3 and then:

a) 7...Nxe2? is met this time by 8.Nxe2 Qxh2 9.Nf4! when 9...Qxh4 ( 9...c6? 10.Nf3 Qh1 11.Ne2! Bg4 12.Ng3 Bxf3 13.Qb3! Qxh4 14.Qxb7 wins ) 10.Nxd5 Kd8 11.Bf4 gives Black severe problems at c7.

b) ; 7...... Nc6! 8.Qb3 ( if 8.Ngf3 Nf5 threatens ....Nxe3 followed by ....Qg3+ ; and 8.Nh3 Nf5 9.Bf4 is no better after 9...e5 ) 8...Bd7 9.O-O-O ( not 9.Qxb7? Rb8 10.Qa6 Rxb2 threatening ....Rxd2 ) 9...Nxf1 10.Nxf1 Na5 11.Qc2 Nc4 with an excellent position for Black. ]


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