10 Greatest Opening Traps at Chess

Yury Markushin
Category: Openings
10 Greatest Opening Traps at Chess

Every chess player wants to learn opening traps not only to safeguard themselves from unexpected trouble but also to use them as weapons to win games. There are many basic and well-known traps like Fools and Scholar mate that everyone knows about. Here we will discuss far more sophisticated and advanced traps that happened in games of strong players.







Opening Traps #3:



Opening Traps #6:




Opening Trap 10:

This is something that can make or break your game. Everyone hates playing a piece down by move 7 or having their King under attack by move 10. At the same time, everyone loves learning new and cool opening traps that can instantly win a game for you in just a few moves.

Want to know more about this topic? Look at the course Opening Traps with IM Mat Kolosowski, 10 Most Deadly Traps You Must Know as well as 5 Traps Every Beginner Must Know. You might also like the 3 Most Common Opening Mistakes to Avoid.

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When it comes to this topic, we also recommend reviewing Elephant Trap: Queen’s Gambit Declined and Mortimer Trap: Ruy Lopez/Berlin Defense.

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Updated 12.21.2023


In Trap#2, BLACK loses a piece (not WHITE as reported)