Friday, June 11, 2004

The Kieninger Trap in the Budapest Gambit

This morning, one of my opponents over at the Internet Chess Club fell into the dreaded Kieninger trap in the Budapest Gambit, a trap that illustrates the theme of smothered mate:

[Event "ICC 5 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2004.06.11"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Dynaknight"]
[Black "Wildazbill"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White checkmated"]
[WhiteElo "1330"]
[BlackElo "1239"]
[Opening "Budapest: Rubinstein variation"]
[ECO "A52"]
[NIC "QG.01"]
[Time "11:40:13"]
[TimeControl "300+0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 Qe7 7. a3
Ngxe5 8. axb4?? Nd3# {White checkmated} 0-1

The trap is named after International Master Georg Kieninger (1902-1975). I have won many a game with this trap, both on-line and in over-the-board tournaments. Chess traps are like logical fallacies: if you know them, you can avoid them; and if you know them, you can invite your opponent to step into them.