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  More chess traps!  
(Chess Traps, Page # 02)  


Click  HERE  to go to a page with a great chess trap ... which caught no less than a (future) FIDE World Champion! Check it out!!!  

This is not a chess trap, technically speaking. But it is certainly a QUICKIE!!  (Black wins in only 17 moves.) Check it out!!!   Click  HERE!!!    

In January or February of 2006, I purchased the book:  

"CATASTROPHE In The Opening,"  by  James Plaskett.  (Published in 2005, by Everyman Chess.) 

Although I have not (yet) spent a lot of time in this book, hopefully son, I cab start bringing you a selection of some of the better traps found within these pages.  {A.J.G.}  

  Here is a trap so short ... it does not need its own page!  
  If you play enough one-minute chess on the Internet, you will eventually see everything.  
  In this one, my opponent must have been really tired:  1.e4 e52.Nc3 Nc63.f4 d6;  
Bg45.h3!? Bxf36.Qxf3 Nd47.Qd1?? Qh4+0-1(Posted: March, 2007.)  

  The Anatomy of a Chess Trap  

  1.   TRAP Number ONE.   
      The great  Reshevsky  loses  ...  in   ONLY ELEVEN (11) MOVES!!   
      You must check this out!   Click HERE!!     

  2.  TRAP  ...  Number Two.  This is ONLY 12 moves long, but it is carefully annotated. 
      You must check this out!   Click HERE!!    

  3.  TRAP  ...  Number Three.  A deeply annotated trap ... found in the body of another game.  
       Click  HERE  to see this trap now!!!     

  4.  TRAP  ...  Number Four.  A cute little trap in the Grunfeld Defense.  
       Click  HERE  to see this trap now!!      

  5.  Trap  ...  Number Five.  As to who's trap this is ... (White might have set it, but it   
     really blew up in his face)
      ...  I will leave that to the reader to decide.  
     Check out this English Opening.    Click  HERE  to see this trap now!!    

  6.  Trap  ...  Number Six. A common miscue in the Scotch Game, many players have  
      made this mistake, although it is pretty rare for a player rated near 2600 to get tagged  
      in one like this.    Click  HERE  to see this game now!!!   

  7.  Trap  ...  Number Seven. This is a fairly common device in the opening of any Sicilian  
      Defense line. You might expect to see a ton of lower-rated players get nailed by this   
      one, but you would NOT expect to see a 2700+ player taken out in such a manner!!! 
      Click  HERE  to see this trap now!!    

  8. Trap  ...  Number Eight.  Here is an opening trap that has claimed hundreds of victims in the Caro-Kann Opening. You should know, because if you don't, it might just get you as well!  
      Click  HERE  to see this trap now!!    

  9.  Trap Number Nine ... coming soon!  (Stay tuned, and check back often.) 

   A NICE TRAP:   Click  HERE    to check it out. (It has its own page.)     

  August, 2004  A very nice  trap  in the  Vienna / King's Gambit  opening. 
 (I don't think this one is in ANY book ... that I know of.)  

  A nice little trap ... actually three for the price of one!    


Player  # 1 (1600) - Player  # 2 (1600) 
Opening Traps - Ruy Lopez # 2 
Pensacola, FL, 05.08.2003



An interesting trap.

I used several sources for this trap, but the main book for this is the excellent and fun 
little book:  << CHESS TRAPS  "Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles," >>     
by  Fred Reinfeld  and  I.A. Horowitz.  (Chapter No. Six, pages # 74 - 77.) 
Copyright (c) 1954, by the authors, published by Simon and Schuster. 

This trap arises from the very venerable and respected opening, 
"The Ruy Lopez." (Hundreds of years old, and still going strong.)

 1.e4 e5;  2.Nf3 Nc6;  3.Bb5 a6;  4.Ba4 Nf6;  5.0-0 Nxe4!?;    
The "Open" Variation of the Lopez. 

     [ The main line is:  >/=  5...Be7;  {Diagram?}  
        which a lot of books still refer to as, "The Closed Variation." ]   

 6.d4 b5;  7.Bb3 d5;  8.dxe5 Be6;  9.c3 Be7;  10.Re1!?,    
An interesting move, but not necessarily the best one. 

     [ The main line is:  10.Nbd2 Nc511.Bc2,  "+/="  
        and White has a solid edge. ]  

 10...0-0;  11.Nd4 Nxd4;    
The correct move. 
(See what happens - just below - if Black tries to avoid this.) 


[  TRAP NUMBER ONE (# 1.) 
   11...Qd7?; ('??')  12.Nxe6! fxe6;  
    It does not matter now. 

      (Or 12...Qxe6;  13.Rxe4, "+/-")   

   13.Rxe4!, ("+/-")  {Diagram?}  
    and Black has lost a whole piece.  
    (If Pawn-takes-Rook???, then Black drops his Queen on d7.)


   TRAP NUMBER TWO (# 2.)  
   11...Nxe5?!; ('?')  12.f3 Bd613.fxe4 Bg414.Qd2 Qh4;  
    Reinfeld and Horowitz stop here and conclude while highly speculative, 
    Black may have compensation for the sacrificed piece.

    But after the very simple move:  15.g3, ''  (Maybe  "+/-")  {Diag?}  
    most players would probably prefer to play White from this position.  


   A minor sideline is:  
   11...Nb8?!12.Nxe6! fxe613.Qg4! Nc514.Bc2, "+/="  
    and White has a solid edge here.  ]   


  12.cxd4, "+/="  {Diagram?} 
White has a solid edge in this position. (But it is rather small.)


     [  TRAP NUMBER THREE (# 3.)  
         12.cxd4 c5?!A natural move, but also a mistake.    

            (Black has to play:  >/=  12...h6)     

          13.f3 c414.Bc2 Ng5; 15.h4, '' (Maybe  "+/-")     
           and Black has lost a piece.    ]  


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   Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby I.   Copyright (c) A.J.G;  2003.   

 (Posted Tuesday;  August 05, 2003.) 

  1/2 - 1/2  

I don't think I have seen the following trap in any book - at least, not yet. However, it probably should be there real soon! (I was unable to verify - 100% - who the players were, so I give just the moves of this little trap.)  

Any player (2300) - Anonymous (2000-2200) 
  Caro-Kann Defence  [B17]  
Event? / Budapest, HUN (R1), 1974.

1.e4 c6;  2.d4 d5;  3.Nd2 dxe4;  4.Nxe4 Nd7;   
A move favored by modern masters. 

     [ The move  4...Bf5;  leads to the older/Classical lines.   
       See any good reference book - like MCO - for more details.


 5.Bc4 Ngf6;  6.Ng5 e6;  7.Qe2 Nb6;   
(This guards the e6-square by discovery.)
Necessary, 7...h6??;  8.Nxf7! is a well-known trap. (So far, this is all book.) 

I like this move - and have played it many times over the board. 
(At one time, theory condemned this as inferior to Bb3, but I don't buy that.)

Sooner or later, this becomes necessary. 

     [ Not  </= 8...Qxd4?!; ('?')  9.N1f3 Qd8!?; as 10.Ne5, overpowers f7. ]   


9.N5f3 c5!;  
A good (and necessary) attack on White's center.  
(Chess theory is full of examples of Black foregoing this break - or waiting until much later in the game. The normal outcome of such a delay is that Black will get a very passive or cramped game.)  

10.dxc5 Nbd7!?; 
Ambitious, but not necessarily bad. 
(Black hopes to win the Bishop-pair ... after he captures on c5 with a Knight.) 

     [ The natural 10...Bxc5; gives Black a fair - and playable - game. ]  


11.b4!?  (hmmm)  
White also plays to maintain the edge. This move is very sharp, but not a requirement of the position. (White could just ignore all this and continue with his development, the simple 11.c3 deserves serious investigation, as does the line 11.Nh3, NxP/c5;  12.Bb5+, Bd7;  13.BxB/d7+, Ncxd7;  14.0-0, "+/=" .)   

     [ 11.c6!?  wrecks Black's Pawn structure, ... 
       but probably would give Black too much play. ]  


11...b6; ('!?')     
My thought is that Black must {eventually} do something like this - otherwise he is simply agreeing to be a Pawn down for nothing.  

12.Nd4,  ('!?'  Maybe - '!')  
A tricky move ... but not one that necessarily wins by force.  
(Some programs prefer the simple Nh3 in this position for White.)  

     [ Not to be recommended would be:  (</=)  
       12.cxb6!?, ('?!')  as now  12...Bxb4+;  may already favor Black. ]  


12...bxc5?;  (Maybe - '??')    
Loses horribly - to a nice (brilliant?) tactic here.  

     [ Black had to play:  >/=  12...Nxc5[];  as has already occurred   
        in several  master-level games, in this position.  

       See the contest:  Garry Kasparov - V. BagirovUSSR Champ, / Tbilisi, RUS; 1978. 
       (This game was eventually drawn, see Informant # 26 for more details.)  ]   


Now White crashes through ... with a stock sacrifice on e6. 
13.Nc6! Qc7;  14.Qxe6+!,  (Maybe - '!!')   "+/-"  
Black throws in the towel, as  14...PxQ/e6; 15.Bg6#  is a nice mate. 


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