Although we usually see beginner players falling into tactical traps, Grandmasters can also fall into chess traps, however, the traps grandmasters fall into are much more subtle tactical tricks.
In this video, IM Valeri Lilov will show you some of the most common tactical traps that chess grandmasters have fallen into, this will allow you to understand these traps better and avoid falling victim in our own games.
Who does not enjoy getting the opponent trapped in a subtle tactical trick that was previously prepared?
Opening traps are actually the most popular type of chess traps among novice players, however, among Grandmasters, the traps are much more subtle.
It usually takes many hours of preparation long before the game. The famous grandmaster’s laboratory is mainly dedicated to finding new ideas in the openings.
Without a doubt, when it comes to chess traps we often refer to tactical traps, this is the kind of trap that most of us want our opponents to fall into in our games.
Also, when you find yourself in a desperate position, then posing traps to your opponent can save you from the disaster.
But one thing to always keep in mind is that the traps must be subtle. If you set up an obvious trap, then your opponents will avoid it easily. But if you prepare a well-hidden trap, with moves that seem normal, then it will be much easier to step on the stick.
Join IM Valeri Lilov on taking look at how former world champion, GM Viswanathan Anand fell victim of a tactical trap against another former world champion, GM Vladimir Kramnik.
In the following position, Black just played the move Na5, to which White responded with the move c4, attacking White’s Queen and gaining more space in the center.
Black is forced to move the Queen to a safe square, but Anand missed a very nice tactical trick that gave his opponent an immediate victory.
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