In online blitz and bullet, I often encounter Black trying to get an edge on the clock by premoving 1 .. g6 and 2 .. Bg7. A devious way to deal with this as White is to play 2. Bh6??, winning at least a rook if Black commits to their premoves.

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1. d4 g6 2. Bh6 Bg7 3. Bxg7

Does this trick/trap/strategy of White have a common name?

  • I have used this many times? It got the inspiration from Aman Hambleton. +1!
    – fartgeek
    Commented Feb 7, 2021 at 23:37
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    When we're talking about traps based on premoves that go horribly wrong if the opponent didn't premove, I think we're no longer talking about chess. Commented Feb 8, 2021 at 1:02
  • I don't disagree with these comments, but I also don't see how they help improve the question.
    – firtydank
    Commented Feb 8, 2021 at 9:08
  • Note that you can "premove" in postal chess, and the "trap" was known even then. Even worse, White knows Black plays these moves. (Sorry, no reference available.) Commented Feb 14, 2021 at 12:13

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In online chess, this is commonly referred to as the 'Lefong' inspired by FM Lefong Hua of Canada. Here is a clip with Magnus referencing it.

  • Big fan of Lefong (and his cat Benoni) and can't think of a better tribute! +1
    – firtydank
    Commented Feb 14, 2021 at 16:18

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