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    Basic Opening Traps 101

    Every chessplayer should know these basic opening traps that cause rapid defeat to the unwary!  They come about when a player violates basic precepts of development and king safety.   Here we review eleven classic opening traps that both white and black have fallen into.  In some of these traps, such as the Caro-Kann Smothered Mate on Move 6, more than twenty unwitting chessplayers have tumbled into this one in chess history!  And every player should know the timeless Noah's Ark Trap.

    • 1Caro-Kann Bishop Loss...
    • 6.5Smothered Mate on Move 6...
    • 2Caro Kann Pawn Promotion Trap...
    • 7.5Evans Gambit Massacre...
    • 3Quick White Win in Torre...
    • 8.5Noah's Ark Trap...
    • 4White Disaster in the Torre...
    • 9.5Albin Counter Gambit...
    • 5Guioco Piano...
    • 10.5Caro-Kann Queen Sacrifice...
    • 6Caro-Kann Queen Trap...
  • Author
    Mark Ginsburg

    Mark Ginsburg received his IM title in 1982.  He has played against many Grandmasters in the USA and in Europe.  His peak USCF rating was 2578 in 1993.