Easy Trap in Deferred Steinitz Variantion in Ruy Lopez

Ruy Lopez TrapRecently I played a tournament in rapid chess and I met one interesting trap in Ruy Lopez which I would like to share with you.

I was white and my opponent was a young girl from Russia.

I played Ruy Lopez and the deferred Steinitz variation appeared on our board. After moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 I played immediately 5.d4. The logical move which is… bad.


The disproof of 5.d4 move is easy. 5…. b5 6.Bb3 Nxd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8. Qxd4 c5 9. Qd5 Be6 10. Qc6+ Bd7 11. Qd5 c4 12. Bxc4 bxc4 13. Qxc4 Nf6 and black has one pawn up.

If you play Ruy Lopez, you should learn from this short lesson. It is better to avoid playing “automatical” moves and think about them before making them on the chess board.

The right 5th move is, of course, 5.0-0.

In my game I was lucky and my opponent did not see the trap. But I am really sure I will not try it again :)

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One Response to “Easy Trap in Deferred Steinitz Variantion in Ruy Lopez”

  1. Mr Xyz says:

    5.d4 is a main line played by GM’s and there’s nothing wrong with it.(though admittedly 0-0 is more common). But instead of 8.Qxd4 (which is bad) the GM’s continue in that position 8.c3.

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