Category Archives: Openings

A Rare Chess Opening Move for White

Larsen’s Opening (1. b3) has taken over fifth place, narrowly pulling ahead of g3 in the popularity race for White’s first move. Out of 281,678 games played in major tournaments in the years 2014 and 2015, Larsen’s (1. b3) numbered 2,049 … Continue reading

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Teachings From and for the “Backyard Professor”

To begin, I enjoyed watching the Backyard Professor Youtube instructional video “Chess Psychology – Phenomenal Way to Turn Your Thinking Around and Win.” I enjoyed it enough that I plan on watching at least one more of his Youtube videos on chess. … Continue reading

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Elephant Trap

This opening trap in the Queen’s Gambit Declined loses a knight for white. Watch out for the Elephant Trap, or you’ll get stepped on. d4       d5 c4        e6 Nc3     Nf6 Bg5     Nbd7 cxd5    exd5 Nxd5?? . . . Black’s knight … Continue reading

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Légal’s Trap

That’s the name for this chess opening trap: “Legal.” There are actually several possible varieties of this simple trap; the following is one likely version, perhaps the most likely one to come up in actual chess games. e4     e5 Nf3   Nc6 Bc4   d6 … Continue reading

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Mortimer Trap of Ruy Lopez

In the Spanish Game (Ruy Lopez), in one variation, white needs to be wary of grabbing a pawn early: e4         e5 Nf3       Nc6 Bb5      Nf6 d3         Ne7 Nxe5?  c6  (black threatens Qa5+) Nc4      d6  (to avoid Nd6 mate) Ba4       b5 (winning a … Continue reading

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Kostic Trap in the Italian Game

The third more by black, Nd4, is hardly recommended, even though it may result in an easy quick win for black, when white is oblivious to the trap. Here it goes: e4       e5 Nf3    Nc6 Bc4    Nd4?   (White can now respond … Continue reading

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