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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.
May-18-20  Marcelo Bruno: <Sneaky>: Hi, Sneaky, here's a game played in Brazil 62 years ago and won by the Brazilian champion Márcio Elísio de Freitas against the Paulista master Laércio Maragliano (I suggest you add it to your underpromotion collection):

Freitas, M. E.-Maragliano, L. (São Paulo Chess Club Championship, São Paulo, 1958): 1.a3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 Nfd7 6.h4 e5 7.d5 h5 8.Bg5 Bf6 9.Nh3 a5 10.Qd2 Nc5 11.0-0-0 Nba6 12.f3 Bh3 13.Rh3 Bg5 14.hg5 f6 15.Bb5 Kf7 16.f4 ef4 17.Qf4 Kg7 18.Rf3 Rf8 19.b4 ab4 20.ab4 Nb4 21.e5 Na2 22.Na2 Ra2 23.gf6 Kh7 24.e6 Qa8 25.e7 Ra1 26.Kd2 Qa5 27.c3 Ra2 28.Ke1 Qb4 29.ef8N Kg8 30.f7 Kg7 31.Ne6 1-0

This game was taken from "Apontamentos para uma história do xadrez & 125 partidas brilhantes" (Notes for a history of chess and 125 brilliant games) by Fernando de Almeida Vasconcellos (published by Da Anta Casa Editora, Brasília, 1991).

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