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  1. Standard member vivify
    rain
    12 Jan '13 01:31 / 3 edits
    I really would like to learn some traps. So show me some that you've actually done in your games. If your trap is a well-known trap, please tell me the name of it.

    Here's my most recent, as white.


  2. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    12 Jan '13 03:46
    Originally posted by vivify
    I really would like to learn some traps. So show me some that you've actually done in your games. If your trap is a well-known trap, please tell me the name of it.

    Here's my most recent, as white.


    [pgn][Date "????.??.??"]
    [Result "*"]
    [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 4.Bxc4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 ...[text shortened]... a4+ Qd7 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 {Black takes the free bishop.} 8.Nxe5+ { Black resigns. }
    *[/pgn]
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    12 Jan '13 04:26
    Pirc, Austrian attack
  4. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    12 Jan '13 05:15
  5. Standard member vivify
    rain
    12 Jan '13 05:26
    Swiss, would that really be considered a trap, or just sub-standard play by your opponent?
  6. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    12 Jan '13 05:32 / 3 edits


    or

  7. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    12 Jan '13 06:05 / 1 edit
  8. 12 Jan '13 06:10 / 1 edit
    A couple in this game. I don't know any opening traps by name.

  9. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    12 Jan '13 06:10
    Originally posted by vivify
    Swiss, would that really be considered a trap, or just sub-standard play by your opponent?
    All traps involve bad play from the opponent.
  10. Standard member vivify
    rain
    12 Jan '13 07:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    All traps involve bad play from the opponent.
    I may have phrased my question wrong, because it seems you may believe I didn't think your trap wasn't great to watch. I enjoyed how you broke his control of the middle. Let me try again.

    In the game you posted, was white's downfall more of a matter of deviating from theory? I think (correct me if I'm wrong) he used the "Dragon" opening. Were white's lines in the "Dragon" opening (if that's what it's called) incorrect lines, that lead to you destroying his center?
  11. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    12 Jan '13 09:28
    Originally posted by vivify
    I may have phrased my question wrong, because it seems you may believe I didn't think your trap wasn't great to watch. I enjoyed how you broke his control of the middle. Let me try again.

    In the game you posted, was white's downfall more of a matter of deviating from theory? I think (correct me if I'm wrong) he used the "Dragon" opening. Were white's ...[text shortened]... (if that's what it's called) incorrect lines, that lead to you destroying his center?
    Black's setup in this opening is similar to the Dragon, but the Dragon arises from 1.e4 c5 (the Sicilian Defense, of which the Dragon is one variation), whereas this opening is called the Pirc Defense (1.e4 d6).

    White's problems arose from his failure to be alert. Even after 6.dxc5 Qa5, it is not too late to turn back. Most of my opponents play this:

  12. 12 Jan '13 15:55 / 1 edit
    It is an opening trap or a trick that just happens to be in the position?

    SG quite rightly posted:

    "All traps involve bad play from the opponent."

    But a genuine Opening Trap must involve an element of risk from the trap setter.
    All the examples so far are coming from natural moves. If the vic does not
    blunder into the trick then no harm done.

    Here is a real opening trap. I've caught quite a few with this in blitz and OTB.
    Try it, you will catch someone but if it fails to induce a blunder (6...Nxe4) then
    you have nothing except a miserble game to look forward too.

  13. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    12 Jan '13 18:01
  14. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    12 Jan '13 19:58 / 25 edits
    Since I have returned to OTB chess I have fallen victum to several opening traps. However, I don't like showing them because they make me look stupid.

    But the following game is one in which I came up with what I think might be an opening trap in a 45 minute game at the chess club in Evans, Georgia recently. I was playing an old guy, who had just come back to chess after a long layoff just like me. His name is Ed and he was never as good as me and is someone I have been able to beat up on. He was rated in the upper 1300s when he first started playing Here but has fallen to the mid 1200s after I got a hold of him. Here is the game:

    RJHinds vs Harry E. Stewart

  15. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    12 Jan '13 21:09
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    However, I don't like showing them because they make me look stupid.

    No RJ, an Believer would say God did that to you. An Atheist would blame genetics. (jk) 😛
    😉 Thanks for sharing the trap and analysis.