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Korody vs Bologh
Unknown (1933)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Lasker Trap (D08)  ·  0-1


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  Sneaky: I've heard this called "The Lasker Trap." I've only been playing the Albin for a few months, and online I've already won two games with it.

This is a prize jewel for my Game Collection: Underpromotions

Oct-24-03  Alchemist: It looks like 6. fxe3 would have saved him, and RxN was an obvious mistake.
Apr-06-04  ruylopez900: Why does White promote to a Knight? The check doesn't help his situation....
Apr-06-04  Helloween: <ruy> Black is the one who promotes to a knight, and it is the only move that keeps the advantage(it forces 8.Ke1 as the best response, when White is still being utterly crushed). Other moves give White an equal or better game. This is an extremely well-known opening trap in the Albin.

(Alchemist)You are correct, 6.fxe3 Qh4+ 7.g3 Qe4 8.Qf3 Bxd2+ 9.Nxd2 Qxe5 is only slightly better for Black and should have been employed.

Apr-06-04  seoulmama: What a terrible game, what a terrible opening.
Apr-06-04  Vischer: <Ruy> If it's not a knight, then it's not check, and white can exchange queens an then take the knight. If white takes the knight before exchanging queens, Bg4+ wins the queen.
Apr-07-04  ruylopez900: Alright, thanks for that thought pattern <Vischer> It also answers my other instinctive question, why not take the pawn? (but the you lose a Queen..) Anyways, thanks.
Jun-01-04  Calchexas: <Vischer>: If it's not a knight, White can't take the knight after exchanging queens. ;)

This is a very cool trap. Plus, it almost seems like something one could actually use on the net (or even OTB, if you're lucky.)

Jun-01-04  notsodeepthought: In a recent blitz game I played 5 Qa4+ and after Bd7 6 Q:b4 e:d2+ 7 N:d2 I had the extra pawn and a reasonable position. Is this line playable, or does black have better? (e.g. 5 ... Nc6 6 B:b4 e:f2+ ?)
Jun-01-04  notsodeepthought: Apologies - in the above post, I meant 6 Qa4+, not 5 Qa4+, with subsequent move numbers similarly off by one.
Jun-01-04  drukenknight: It looks like a budapest w/o the early knight move. Does anyone see a lot of checks on the Q side for black when he plays the Dutch? THat's usually a good sign for me as black in the dutch.
Jun-14-05  schnarre: Embarrassing for White!
Aug-06-05  turkishgrandmaster: I was wondering what Lasker trap was.
Aug-06-05  turkishgrandmaster: But these moves aren't forced!
Sep-27-05  Averageguy: What does black play against 8.Ke1 ?
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  TheAlchemist: <averageguy> 8...Qh4+. Now 9.g3 Qe4+ picking the Rook, 9.Kd2 Qf4+ 10.Kc2 Bf5+ 11.Bd3 and now perhaps the simple 11...Nc6 should be enough. Maybe there's better for both sides, I don't know.
Sep-27-05  sneaky pete: Black must be, considering his spirited play, Janos Balogh.
Aug-02-06  Manic: <notsodeepthought> It is probably not best to proceed into this line as white. 4.e3? is already considered a mistake by most. 6.Qa4+? is met by 6...Nc6! with the point that 7.Bxb4 is met by 7...exf2+ 8.kxf2 qh4+ 9.ke2 qxc4+ and qxb4 with an advantage for black. The best move at move 6 is fxe3, but this line still gives black an advantage and it is common for black to gain a pawn in this line.
Feb-06-08  just a kid: Korody got burned!
Dec-04-08  WhiteRook48: WEird... This is Korody's only game in the database, also Bologh's only game in the database
Dec-24-09  godfire: I play this in competitive games with a 3-0 record. After e3 white has no hope. Even if they play the line correctly white has developmental problems which compensate for the gambited pawn. The only fight white can put up is the Spassky Variation with e4 instead of e3 or Nf3. Still, after castling queen side, black has a fair game.
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  Penguincw: < Lasker Trap >

The trap is black sacrificing the bishop.

Dec-07-12  Chessplayer150X: Seems to me that 8.Ke1 is in orderas the Black Knight is stuck in the mud as such and events don't transpire in so forced a manner.Nice swindle.It's possibly trite of me to say this but if this was a "live performance"game with costumed characters dressed up in appropriate chess clothing with the White and Black sides led by the respective"conductors"The leader of the White side would probably be booed or laughed off the court.
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