I’d lost my g1 Knight, but it had been on holiday and has just come back.
In the recent World Cup one of the rapid tie-break games between Teimour Radjabov
and Ding Liren, the Chinese player set a wee trap before resigning. In GM parlance this
is known as a joke move, but it would have been no joke if Radjabov had fallen for it.
Here Ding (Black) had just played 45...Bc3-g7 (it was either this or Rc8 or resigns)
The suicide snare is ‘the obvious’ winning move 46 Kg6. threatening mate in two.
Radjabov side-stepped this trick with a deft 46. Kg5 and then Ding Liren resigned.
The trap, if you have not seen it, if Black plays 46.Kg6 Bf8 and the d6 Bishop is lost.
So even within seconds the good guys can set and spot tricks, traps and pitfalls.
Here at RHP with literally days to move we seem to miss the most basic threats.
A selection of bleepers with the same pieces as the above game. Rook and Bishop.
Flemming NDP - MicDrud RHP 2019
Next Black spots a discovered check but not the one leading to checkmate.
ZorroTheFox - mlctulsa RHP 2019
No need to get sloppy when winning. White wrapped this one up well.
Globalgal - ILYN RHP 2012
White to play and checkmate in 4 moves.
Saved the funniest till last. White puts too much faith in his passed g-pawn.
Azuceno - Demosthenes C Varona RHP 2010
This position has appeared 10 times on RHP
The most popular move is White playing 6.g3 but there is a better move.
Orlando Cena - paularnab RHP 2007
Last week we saw a couple of White wins, this week Black is the Double Rook Sac Champ.
Look out for a one the most devilish traps ever set on Red Hot Pawn.
Pontus Lundbladh - Erik Skarberg RHP 2011
I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again, taking Rooks is not the object of the game,
it is checkmate. Next is a nigh perfect lesson from the player of the Black bits .
King of Nothing - Ndellable RHP 2012
Same theme, new twist, this time a Knight smothers a White King.
Mckenstein - jimm619 RHP 2019
We pause for educational comment. Before taking the 2nd Rook, look to see if
there is a something nasty waiting for you, for example a mate in one move.
Matthew Barrington - Timdix102 RHP 2014
The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 182789