Queen's Gambit Declined, Elephant Trap
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- This opening sequence usually indicates that Black intends to play the Cambridge Springs Defense with 5.Nf3 c6 6.e3 Qa5, but it can also lead to the Orthodox Defense if Black plays ...Be7. (The Cambridge Springs had not yet been invented at the time of the Mayet–Harrwitz game.)
- Black has set a trap; if White tries to win a pawn by ...
5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nxd5?? (first diagram)
6... Nxd5! 7. Bxd8 Bb4+ (second diagram)
- Black regains the queen as White has only one legal move to get out of check.
8. Qd2 Bxd2+
- Harrwitz played the equally good 8...Kxd8, intending 9...Bxd2+.
9. Kxd2 Kxd8
- Black comes out a minor piece ahead.
- K. Mayet–D. Harrwitz, Berlin 1848 at Chessgames.com