Cheap Opening Traps, Fritz 13 fun, Inception, Exhibitionists

Cheapo Alert!


  • For those who like cheap opening traps, here is one you might like to add to your tool box
  1. e4 c5
  2. Nf3 d6
  3. c3 Nf6
  4. Be2 (Diagram)

If black gets greedy and grabs the pawn with 4. …Nxe4?, then white plays 5. Qa4+ forking the King and Knight. 

I have not tried this one myself, but I have heard that white has good results with it.  And your position is not bad, even if black does not grab the tempting e4 pawn.

Oops, I did it again

A similar cheapo comes up in The Grob, except with the bishop on g4 being the victim

1. g4 d5
2. Bg2 Bxg4
3. c4 c6
4. Nc3 e6
5. cxd5 cxd5
6. Qa4+ 1-0


I have used this against this against one very active Colorado Chess tournament player (who shall remain nameless) at least twice over the years.

Always smother, it might be mate

My favorite cheap opening trap is one I learned from Francisco Baltier, who got me playing the Budapest Defense:

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e5
3. dxe5 Ng4
4. Nf3 Nc6
5. Bf4 Bb4+
6. Nbd2 Qe7
7. h3 Ngxe5
8. a3 Nd3# 0-1

I have won a lot of games with variations of this, USCF rated, RHP (Red Hot Pawn), etc.

Black wins with a smothered mate on move 8.  Nice!

  •  Anthea Carson wrote a new hubpage about the Art of Chess exhibition that was held in Denver this past weekend.  You will have another chance to attend on December 2, 2011 if you missed this one.  Check out her article with videos and pictures of the event!

    Beautiful Artwork at the Art of Chess Exhibition

  • I have been having a lot of fun with Fritz 13.  I have been using the “Let’s Check” feature a lot, and have been letting my computer run 24 hours a day with the “Engine Donation” feature. 

    I am currently ranked #41 on the “List of Honour” that they have for the people who have contributed the most analysis to their global analysis “cloud” :-)

    It would be nice if you could run the “Lets Check” at the same time as doing the “Full Analysis” mode, which I use a lot.

    Along the same lines as the Live Book, it would be nice if there were a Live Endgame Tablebase. Right now, if you want to use tablebases, you have to install the tablebases on your local computer, which are enormous in size. It would be nice if you computer could look up these positions in the “cloud” in a similar manner, and that users could be contributing to help build the tablebases.  Right now it seems that most of the emphasis is on building up the opening knowledge.

  • I played in Pueblo last weekend at the Jerry Maier Appreciation G/15 tournament, which was fun.  I faced some of my most frequent opponents over the years: Paul Grimm, Anthea Carson, J.C. MacNeil and Isaac Martinez.  I might be the first person to face 4 opponents in a rated tournament that they did a chess podcast with :-)

One topic/question that came up was people asking how the new electronic Colorado Chess Informant was going to be distributed.  There will no longer be any paper copies, but it doesn’t sound like there is any plan on how people are supposed to read the new electronic version.

I also mentioned to Buck Buchanan(Colorado State Chess Association Treasurer) that I felt the dues should be lowered, since the majority of the CSCA costs went towards the printing and mailing of the magazines.

  • I have always been a fan of director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Panic Room).  I recently learned that he is set to direct a movie about Bobby Fischer called “Pawn Sacrifice”.  Cool!!


“Pawn Sacrifice” will tell the first half of the chess Grandmaster’s life story, from his beginnings as a prodigy of the game through to his historical (mostly for the media’s hyping its Cold War significance) 1972 World Championship match against Russian rival Boris Spassky, after which Fischer became a celebrity and then, surprisingly, retreated into early retirement.

  • Robert Fischer in Inception

    Speaking of chess in movies, if you have seen Inception there are some chess references in it.  
    • one character is named Robert Fischer (and kind of looks like the young Bobby Fischer).  According to IMDB trivia, the character was named as a tribute to the chess legend by Christopher Nolan.
    • Ariadne uses a bishop as her totem
    • Other analogies can be made – the Arctic scene being similar to Iceland, Fischer having issues with his father, characters dressed in all white or black representing pieces, etc.

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