Of course I allowed opening books to play a big part in my chess life.
Estrin's Two Knights. The Chess tacticians Bible.
There some full games in it and they are fantastic.
Open Gambits by Botterill
Gambits Accepted by Harding.
Bb5 in the Sicilian by loads of people (3/4 books on it).
French by Watson
Latvian Gambit books (loads including Russian & German)
Pirc (4/5 books)
Loads on the King's Indian. Andrew Martin's book is the best.
All the books on opening traps/ quick wins etc etc.
(best of these is a Russian Book called 444 short games of chess
it's up there with Estrin.).
My main opening as White is the Lopez which I started playing about
8 years after I started playing. I swotted up on the traps for both sides
but have never read a book on it nor looked at any theory exept what
I have picked playing over games.
I do not have a book on the Ruy Lopez and yet if my life depended
on a game of chess, that is what I would play.
Opening traps are my rep.
I often go for clean traps. traps that do not do any damage.
Dirty traps are opening traps that can and will bounce back in your face.
Will go for those if I feel lucky.
Here is an example of a clean trap for White tempting a dirty trap.
1.e4 c5. 2 d4 cxd4.
Black thinks he is getting a Morra Gambit.
You go back into the mainline this will gain a few minutes on the clock.
But underneath there is a trap you want Black to play.
A Dirty Trap.
If White takes the e-apwn then 4.Nxe5 Qa5+ wins the Knight.
28 players on here have lost a Knigfht to this trap.
However White plays 4.c3 instead. and 4...dxc3 5.Nxc3
And we see the result of Black's Dirty Trap.
We have a KP opening White up in development and his pieces come
flying out. Black lags in development d6 is weak and he is in KP terriority.
(often strange lands for Sicilian players. This is not an e5 Sicilian,
White has a Knight on c3, not a3.)
I can do things with White here, most players could, and that is all
you want from an opening 'trap.' A position full of hope and ideas.
It's a postional trap (not all traps have to win things).
Giving me a position I would like to play.
All for the cost of a mere pawn. I'll worry about that in the ending.
But before the Ending we go through the Middle Game and that
is how the God's planned it.