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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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