Everybody knows how confusing and difficult it is to learn something from the scratch.
Chess, being the rich and complicated game it is, is by no means an exception. More experienced players often tend to forget that they were once complete newbies as well. Things that they understand easily (such as en passant or castling rules) can be terra incognita for someone who is only making the first baby steps in the world of chess.
On the road toward chess mastery, a chess player acquires knowledge about numerous attacking mechanism and mating patterns.
For instance, every strong player is familiar with the typical sacrifice of the bishop on h7, typical exchange sacrifice on h5 and other similar attacking manoeuvres.
However, one attacking pattern, in particular, has become especially famous throughout the centuries. It is rather well known because it was named after the player who originally played it in the 18th century.
Probably any Russian schoolboy could tell you the name of this manoeuvre even if you woke him up in the middle of the night.
Therefore, if you ever dreamt about travelling to Russia and waking up Russian schoolchildren in the middle of the night, it is probably time that you too get acquainted with Legal’s trap.
The course of a typical chess game can be divided into three phases: the opening, the middle game and the endgame. In order to become a strong chess player, one should obtain a certain level in all three phases of the game.
However, one of the most common dilemmas every chess player encounters is working on and improving his middle game.
What is it that makes studying middle games so confusing, compared to the other phases of the game? In my opinion, there are various reasons: