The Gazette - August 2020

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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Trapped Again!

With members far and wide still helping to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by staying at home as much as possible and perhaps feeling a little trapped, Gerry Walsh has taken the initiative and has been delighting members of the user group with daily examples of chess opening traps! He has kindly sent in another one exclusively for the gazette for everyone to enjoy. It incorporates the added challenge of being written in English Descriptive notation!

Ruy Lopez

1 P-K4 P-K4, 2 N-KB3 N-QB3, 3 B-N5 N-Q5, 4 NxN PxN, 5 B-B4

Castling is best here.

5 … N-B3, 6 P-K5 P-Q4, 7 B-N3 B-KN5, 8 P-KB3 N-K5, 9 O-O

If 9 PxB Q-R5ch, 10 K-K2 (or 10 P-N3 NxNP), Q-B7ch, 11 K-Q3 N-B4 Mate.

9 … P-Q6, 10 PxB B-B4ch, 11 K-R1 N-N6ch, 12 PxN Q-N4

Threatening 13....Q-R3 Mate.

13 R-B5 P-KR4

If 13....Q-R3ch 14 R-R5, but after 13....P-KR4, 14 RxQ PxPch, 15 R-R5 RxR is Mate.

14 PxRP QxR

Renewing the mating threat by 15....RxPch.

15 P-N4 RxPch, 16 PxR Q-K5

Intending 17....Q-R5 Mate.

17 Q-B3 Q-R5ch, 18 Q-R3 Q-K8ch, 19 K-R2 B-N8ch 20 K-R1 B-B7ch, 21 K-R2 Q-N8 Mate