Chess Traps #2: Rubinstein Trap – Queen’s Gambit Declined

The Rubinstein chess trap in the Queen’s Gambit Declined results in white trapping the queen, or at least winning a key central pawn in the middle game against the black side who tries to pick up the bishop pair. The Rubinstein Trap is a trap for white out of the QGD and, in this tutorial, I play through the moves to the chess trick itself while offering very brief tips.


1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Bg5 Be7
5. e3 0-0
6. Nf3 Nbd7
7. cxd exd
8. Bd3 Re8
9. Rc1 c6
10. 0-0 h6
11. Bf4 Nh5?
12. Nxd5

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