10 Most Deadly Chess Opening Traps You Must Know

10 Most Deadly Chess Opening Traps You Must Know

I have discussed a few famous chess traps previously (Legal Trap, Elephant Trap, Lasker Trap, Mortimer Trap).

Today we will continue this topic with less known, but not-less-powerful traps that you can learn from and even use in your own games.

Want to win your games quickly using some of those powerful chess traps?

Here is the list of all 10 of them!

Opening Chess Traps:

1. Josef Emil Krejcik – Baumgartner, King Pawn Game: Busch-Gass Gambit (C40)

2. Gioachino GrecoItalian – Unknown Player, Italian Game Classical Variation, Center Attack (C53)

3. Amedee Gibaud – Frederic Lazard, Indian Game: Lazard Gambit (A45)

4. M. Warren – J. Selman, Budapest Defense: Fajarowicz Variation (A51)

5. Robert F. Combe – Wolfgang R. Hasenfuss, Benoni Defense: General (A43)

6. Zaitsik – Zichulidze, Reti Opening (A09)

7. Mairelys D. Crespo – Lincoln Lucena, Philidor Defense (C41)

8. Kutjanin – Jakobjuk, Vienna Game (C27)

9. Valt Borsony – Albert Laustsen, Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation (B70)

10. Balode – Sondore, Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)

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Updated 12.22.2023


i am national level player soo i want more information about chess
White is a piece up
Benjamin Fortner:
I just subscribed, but there was no place to add my address?
cause black can play d5
in game 1, Q X Q ..... hehehe
why would ever? in 8th trap 3)Bc4 Ne4?????black will do such blunder???\
but dude the black is in check
then Qd5 mate
but then Qbut then Qb3 black is mated
Saikat Nandy:
In the 8th game. In the final position NG5. The black queen takes it. The knight is not supported.
In first game I would like to play easy 6. Nf3! move to the safety and bishop up for white :D
Black's king is in check
Yeah you're right but the black king is in check ;-)
1. Qc2 ...queen is not trapped
After 3...Nxe4 4.Nxe4 d5 forks B & N. Its a standard tactic, but the intermezzo 4.Bxf7+ spoiled the party.[/quote]The idea is to end up with an asymmetric central pawns after all. :-)
After 3...Nxe4 4.Nxe4 d5 forks B & N. Its a standard tactic, but the intermezzo 4.Bxf7+ spoiled the party.
in the 8th game, why on earth the knight would take on 4... e4?
You didn't saw the discover check :lol:
in the 10th game black 6th move is Qc8 then how can mate in the game please replay administrator or any one its dought not chalenge
kapil dev shastri:
its a trap .first black has to save his king from check.he can't move QC2.KAPIL
The traps are not as obvious as they look :roll: Glad you've learned something!
Kg5 Qd5#[/quote]No because the queen mates on b3, strangely enough. White can throw pieces in between but none of them defends... Qxg5Qb3+ d5Qxd5 Be6Qxe6#
@Pradeep: sure black can take Qxg5 but then Qd5 delivers mate (only Qe8 would postpone the mate a bit: Qd5+,Qf7 and Qxf7#)
Frederick Rhine:
In No. 10, Black can avoid mate with 7...Qxd2+ 8.Bxd2 Nxh5, though he's quite lost after 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Bxh5. I have played a variant of No. 6: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4?? e5! 5.Bxe5 Qa5+.
Frederick Rhine:
Methriller - Look again. Black is IN CHECK after 8.Nd3. You might want to be a little more careful before you make obnoxious comments.
Daniel James Molina:
These traps are for Rapid chess........ mostly for rapid chess. I think
First game is not a trap at all. Black will continue with 8... Qxc2 The queen is not trapped at all. Instead white lost his rook, bishop, knight and pawn for nothing. What a fool. Who wrote this?
Kg5 Qd5#
Pradeep Kumar:
In the 8th game won't the queen simply take the knight after 7. Kg5?
..nice to know this! More power !