Chess Traps #1: Noah’s Ark Trap – Ruy Lopez

The Noah’s Ark chess trap in the Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense results in black trapping white’s light-squared bishop by force after tricking white into an immediate recapture on the 8th move of the game. The Noah’s Ark trap is one of many chess traps for black out of the Ruy Lopez and, in this tutorial, I play through the moves to the chess trick itself while offering very brief tips.

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 a6
4. Ba4 d6
5. d4 b5
6. Bb3 Nxd4
7. Nxd4 exd4
8. Qxd4?? c5
9. Qd5 Be6
10. Qc6+ Bd7
11. Qd5 c4


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