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Karl Mayet vs Daniel Harrwitz
"The Oldest Trick in the Book" (game of the day Aug-04-2018)
Berlin (1848), Berlin GER
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  0-1



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Dec-12-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's been long enough that I've seen this trap that I had to work out the combination on my own.

The whole thing actually took me more than 10 seconds! :) Seriously, it did. First I checked for mate and didn't find it; only then did I count material and see that Black was winning anyway.

Dec-12-16  zb2cr: I was familiar with this very old trap, and so found this one quite easily.
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  keypusher: Kind of amazing when you think that Harrwitz was one of the strongest masters of that time. See also Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858.
Dec-12-16  Nosnibor: I always thought that this was known as the Blackburne trap but with the mists of time maybe I`m wrong.
Dec-12-16  Wolfgang01: This trap is 168 years old! Great!
Dec-12-16  DrGridlock: Q: When is a pin not a pin?
A: When the piece is:
(i) not pinned to the king
(ii) in moving the piece threatens either mate or greater material gain than what it was pinned to.
Dec-12-16  RookFile: Black was a strong master.

White says: "Look at that - a FREE pawn on move 6!"

This is a good game to play through, to teach us to be a little less gullible.

Dec-12-16  johngalt5579: I settled for winning a piece with Nd5 is there something better?
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  Diocletian: Nostalgia Day. Harrwitz...Anderssen, Morphy, Loewenthal, Capt Evans....Old games like this remind me of old books, great players of a swashbuckling era, descriptive notation and my boyhood before a chess board and pieces long ago.
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  keypusher: <Diocletian: Nostalgia Day. Harrwitz...Anderssen, Morphy, Loewenthal, Capt Evans....Old games like this remind me of old books, great players of a swashbuckling era, descriptive notation and my boyhood before a chess board and pieces long ago.>

Harrwitz and Loewenthal were about as swashbuckling as the Pirates of Penzance.

Dec-12-16  MaczynskiPratten: Monday, queen sac day, but for a change in situ and no mate
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  Bubo bubo: The old trap in the QGD: White has banked on the Nf6 being pinned against the queen, but after 6...Nxd5 7.Bxd8 Bb4+ White has to return the queen immediately, and 8.Qd2 Bxd2+ 9.Kxd2 Kxd8 (or simply 8.Qd2 Kxd8) leaves him down a piece.
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  Domdaniel: I fell into this one, as a teenager who didn't know many opening traps. I think I tried 7.e4, but still lost.
Dec-12-16  zb2cr: To <johngalt5579>,

No, there is nothing better than winning a piece with 6. ... Nxd5, but you have to realize you can win the Queen back with no further investment of material. That's the only tricky part of this one.

Dec-12-16  morfishine: Remove the defender, plain and simple, yet eloquent nonetheless


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  Jonathan Sarfati: The first known instance of what later would be called the Cambridge Springs Trap?
Dec-13-16  RookFile: White might have tried 9. Rc1. Now black really does need to play 9....Bxd2+. If he continues with cat and mouse play (9....Re8 for example), white blocks with 10. Rc3.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: I stand corrected: Mayet had already fallen for this trap the previous year. This time he gave up much sooner. Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1847
Feb-07-18  MariusDaniel: Daniel's Great chess skills!
Aug-04-18  petemccabe: Notes to the 1847 game give it as 1848. Perhaps this is just a partial score of that game?
Aug-04-18  MarcBernstein: If you play "Leela" on the following website, it falls for the same trap that Mayet fell for.

Except for this, Leela plays rather well though.

Aug-04-18  vonKrolock: <Leela plays rather well though> One minute ago, default level: Me vs LeelaCZ Move History
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. Qc2 d5
5. Nf3 dxc4
6. Bg5 b5
7. e4 h6
8. Bh4 g5
9. Nxg5 hxg5
10. Bxg5 Qxd4
11. Rd1 Bxc3+
12. bxc3 Qe5
13. f4 Qxe4+
14. Qxe4 Nxe4
15. Rd8#
Aug-06-18  vonKrolock: Ok, in the 'hard' level she's much stronger...
Oct-20-20  Chesgambit: Good trap
Jul-22-23  generror: Yes, today it's one of the most well-known traps taught to beginners, so it seems unlikely that a strong player like Mayet may have fallen for it. However, this was the 1840s, when it still was revolutionary to decline the Queen's Gambit, or even to play <1.d4> at all (this trap obviously works only if White hasn't moved it's e-pawn). Also, the game may just have been a casual game, maybe after a few beers. And as <Infohunter> pointed out, even the great Reuben Fine overlooked <...Bg4> the exact same trap in Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937.

Does any of the knowledgeable chess historians here has a reliable contemporary source for this game (which I suspect to be the truncated version of Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1847)?

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