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Trap, Ambush, and Swindle
Compiled by Gypsy

Georg Marco: <Es ist schon eine große Kunst, den Feind dahin zu bringen, daß er Fehler begeht.> (It is a great art to induce the opponent to commit mistakes.)

"Trap, Ambush, and Swindle"

I know, it sounds like a name of an upstanding law firm. But I am developing a fondness for games that have traps, ambushes, even swindles. They give some of the best forensic reccord of players' thoughts.

Ambush = you guess oponent's plans and ambush a ravine along the way. Trap = you decoy oponent off the right path into an ambushed ravine. Swindle = a "hail Mary" of a traps and ambushes.

Hort at his devious best.
Polugaevsky vs Hort, 1976 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

A textbook swindle from Pavel's dad
J Fichtl vs F Blatny, 1956 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Once I created my own pearl .... (Bronstein)
Bronstein vs Gligoric, 1967 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 40 moves, 1-0

How to ambush a steamroller ...
F Bohatirchuk vs Botvinnik, 1935 
(C49) Four Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

Handcrafted by "Marshall's Signature Traps"
Marshall vs Duras, 1905 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

An important rook-edgame theme
Marshall vs Duras, 1912 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Judo by Nimzo
Nimzowitsch vs P S Leonhardt, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

A Strategic Trap ... (Pachman: "Modern Chess Strattegy")
B Thelen vs F Treybal, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Capablanca's private joke
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

A strategic trap of rare proportions (14.Qd3!)
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

A brilliant tactical ambush in the endgame
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1930 
(A90) Dutch, 50 moves, 1-0

Better Chess: 'Creating Luck'
Andersson vs W Hartston, 1973 
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

Queen for bait
Szabo vs K Honfi, 1950 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

To mask of an ambush -- move away
J Szily vs Bronstein, 1949 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 0-1

Bait them horse meat
Nimzowitsch vs Euwe, 1929 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

"...and the finish was 'coffee-house'." (Botvinnik)
Bronstein vs Keres, 1949 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 35 moves, 1-0

A great stalemate swindle
W E Fuller vs L Basin, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Opening Trap Spielmann
Spielmann vs Bogoljubov, 1919 
(C47) Four Knights, 31 moves, 1-0

Strategic baiting with a3-f8 diagonal; x-change
N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

A grand rope-a-dope by Kramnik
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Taking eyes from the ball (pawn)?
D Doric vs V Bukal Sr, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 0-1

25...d4! - d-file block as cover, b2--g8 as bait, Bxg2! as trap
Anand vs Leko, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

Only a swindle can trip Zukertort in 1883.
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1883 
(C46) Three Knights, 31 moves, 0-1

When trap backfires.
Ljubojevic vs Stein, 1973 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Sliwa spots a nifty combo against a great tactician
Sliwa vs G Stoltz, 1953 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

"The greatest swindle ever ..."
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

40...Nd5! 41.Rd7? Rd3! ...
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 89 moves, 0-1

An 'incomplete analysis' trap
Botvinnik vs Spielmann, 1935 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

A battery with delayed-explosion charge
Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2006 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 65 moves, 1-0

Centralizing step of a king draws out an in-kind reply
J Rosecky vs J Cervenka, 2000 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Charousek's swindle.
K Walbrodt vs Charousek, 1896 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

White goes after a strichnine pawn
Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Determined to attack 2B simultaneously
Bronstein vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 51 moves, 1-0

Fun traps from both sides at the end
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1904 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

A great stalemate swindle
Keres vs Kholmov, 1948 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mr: "I am just a cheep tactician" Aronian
Van Wely vs Aronian, 2007 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Coralling a bishop
Duras vs P Johner, 1911 
(C01) French, Exchange, 47 moves, 1-0

Lasker: Ah, Black took you bait.
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1936 
(A92) Dutch, 38 moves, 1-0

Swindle's department
C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Poisenous a-pawn
Flohr vs P Schmidt, 1937 
(A28) English, 40 moves, 0-1

AAA recommendation crashed on Capa
E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1929 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

Bxg2! -- now try to find the right defense.
A Aleksandrov vs Adams, 2002 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

10.Bd4! f6? 11.Bxb5!
Bronstein vs Taimanov, 1961 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

...Nb3 as a strategic trap
V Iordachescu vs Karpov, 2007 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

Menchik vs E E Book, 1938 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1895  
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

44...Rxf4? 45.Rc8+
A Budo vs F Bohatirchuk, 1931 
(A53) Old Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

The knights of Navara
Navara vs Grigoriants, 2009 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 78 moves, 1-0

An amazing trap from Taimanov
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs P Cramling, 1996 
(A05) Reti Opening, 103 moves, 1-0

Chess for Tigers
S Webb vs Reshevsky, 1973 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 77 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky not paying attention.
Reshevsky vs Geller, 1953 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

...f3 was a mistake, but a subtle one - it might even have been
Nakamura vs Nisipeanu, 2011 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 78 moves, 1-0

Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nineth time is the charm
Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Garry's comments on this game were unprintable.
Kasparov vs N McDonald, 1986 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Self-proclaimed Swindle of the Century
Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Avoiding a trap (52...Rf1+)
S Agdestein vs Nunn, 1985 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Trap in French Indian
H Fabian vs J Fichtl, 1963 
(C16) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 0-1

9... Of the finest of ambushes
Rossolimo vs C Kottnauer, 1948 
(B30) Sicilian, 12 moves, 1-0

Blind to a stalemate swindle
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1906 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

'Log Tables' game.
Pachman vs Z Doda, 1965 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 37 moves, 1-0

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