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  1. 01 Jun '17 20:47 / 1 edit
    In the Queen's Gambit Accepted it's well known that Black can get into trouble if he tries to hold onto the c4-pawn. I enter a state of glee when a blitz opponent as Black plays after: 1.d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5? and follows up with 4. a4 c6 5. axb5 cxb5?? 6. Qf3 wins a minor piece.

    This trap was first noted by Alessandro Salvio (c.1570- c.1640) wayyy back in 1604. He is considered to be the unofficial world champion around the year 1600.

    SO! Why don't we all start calling it the "Salvio Trap?" Give the old chess pioneer some credit. Traps with names are cooler than those that don't have names, too,
  2. 02 Jun '17 07:54
    Sounds good. This will be the addition to my ecocodes file:

    {D20 QGA: Salvio Trap}1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 b5 4.a4 c6 5.axb5 cxb5 6.Qf3
  3. 02 Jun '17 14:22 / 2 edits
    If you go down to the bottom of this page and click on 'Games Explorer'

    You will soon discover that nearly 3,000 players on here have fallen for that trap.

    Edit: Actually it's more than that. so far this year 65 players have fallen for it.

    Here is one just grabbed at random Game 12147075

    I suppose I'd better blog it to help warn the unwary....or start playing 1.d4 myself.

    Edit 2: Maybe we should call this the @attilathehorn trap. He has caught 96 players with this!
  4. 02 Jun '17 17:53
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    If you go down to the bottom of this page and click on 'Games Explorer'

    You will soon discover that nearly 3,000 players on here have fallen for that trap.

    Edit: Actually it's more than that. so far this year 65 players have fallen for it.

    Here is one just grabbed at random Game 12147075

    I suppose I'd better blog it to help warn the unw ...[text shortened]...
    Edit 2: Maybe we should call this the @attilathehorn trap. He has caught 96 players with this!
    Attilathehorn stomps me each time I've played him.
  5. 02 Jun '17 22:49 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    If you go down to the bottom of this page and click on 'Games Explorer'

    You will soon discover that nearly 3,000 players on here have fallen for that trap.

    Edit: Actually it's more than that. so far this year 65 players have fallen for it.

    Here is one just grabbed at random Game 12147075

    I suppose I'd better blog it to help warn the unw ...[text shortened]...
    Edit 2: Maybe we should call this the @attilathehorn trap. He has caught 96 players with this!
    What I find surprising is that every move leading up to the trap is the top choice, except 1. d4 and 3. e3.

    White only has an 80% win rate. Amazing.
  6. 03 Jun '17 17:55
    By the way, 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Ne5 Qh4+ 6.Kf1 is the King's
    Gambit Accepted, Salvio Gambit.

    I was reading an elementary chess book the other day which had a section on opening
    traps and read about the three best-known traps which includes The "Noah's Ark"
    trap: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. d4 b5 6. Bb3 Nxd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8.
    Qxd4?? (8.Bd5) c5 9. Qd5 Be6 10. Qc6+ Bd7 11.Qd5 c4, trapping White's bishop.

    And second, my all-time favorite from the Queen's Gambit Declined: 1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6
    3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nxd5?? Nxd5! 7. Bxd8 Bb4+ 8. Qd2 Bxd2+ 9.
    Kxd2 Kxd8 and Black is a minor piece ahead. I found out on Wikipedia that this one
    is called the "Elephant Trap!" which I really don't care for. "Pinbreak Trap" sounds
    much better, since it is distinguished by the dramatic breaking of a pin.

    Finally, the trap with the greatest practical value that I think we all should dub
    "The Salvio Trap," which is EASILY the most common of the three. I have NEVER sprung
    the first two traps, but the Salvio Trap I have sprung hundreds of times.
  7. 07 Jun '17 00:49
    I agree with Salvio Trap
  8. 07 Jun '17 11:25
    Hi Spectators,

    Can you remember the name of that book.
    Was one of the Rev. E.E.Cunnington series?
  9. 08 Jun '17 02:26
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi Spectators,

    Can you remember the name of that book.
    Was one of the Rev. E.E.Cunnington series?
    Wow, Cunnington appears to be the Fred Reinfeld of the early 20th century.

    I just looked on amazon.com and found a number of his books there.
  10. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    08 Jun '17 16:42
    On the other hand, there are variations of the QGD Slav defence where Black can take the pawn and hold it.

    Game 11581668
  11. 09 Jun '17 13:45
    Cunnington's: 'Chess Traps and Stratagems' was my very first chess book.

    I've been playing for Opening Traps...and very little else, since that happy day in the early 60's.

    I wonder if we are shaped, chess wise, by our first ever chess book.
  12. 09 Jun '17 19:16
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Cunnington's: 'Chess Traps and Stratagems' was my very first chess book.

    I've been playing for Opening Traps...and very little else, since that happy day in the early 60's.

    I wonder if we are shaped, chess wise, by our first ever chess book.
    My first chess book was the complete idiots guide to chess. I guess that explains a lot.
  13. 09 Jun '17 23:17 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Cunnington's: 'Chess Traps and Stratagems' was my very first chess book.

    I've been playing for Opening Traps...and very little else, since that happy day in the early 60's.

    I wonder if we are shaped, chess wise, by our first ever chess book.
    Definitely. I learned chess from the "Chess in a Nutshell" book by Fred Reinfeld. A first edition hardback copy of that old book still gives me the sentimental warm-fuzzies for days long gone when my dad compelled me to stop playing checkers with my sister and learn a "real game." I hated him for that at the time.

    I still have a soft spot for the double king pawn openings since Reinfeld counseled the beginner to start with them and they give rise to so many of those venerable and swashbuckling openings that first captured my imagination.

    Nowadays I think 1 e4 e5 isn't so great for black.