I recently heard about Owen's opening. 1. e4 b6 is the starting move which can transform into various lines. I am just curious about the traps (for both black and white) involved in this opening. I tried surfing on the internet but couldn't get any traps on this opening. So, are there any traps involved or not?

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[fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 "]

1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 f5 4. exf5 Bxg2 5. Qh5+ g6 6. fxg6 Nf6 7. gxh7+ Nxh5 8. Bg6++

One possible trap for black is in the Matinovsky gambit which starts with ... 3.f5.

  • Wow, perfect! So, the 6th move Nf6 was a loosing move.. What is the best reply in this case? Possibly Bd5 ? – Dark_Knight Oct 14 '16 at 13:43
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    Yes Nf6 is a loosing move, i believe 6. ...Bg7 would be a better defense for black but still with a slight advantage for white. 3....f5 is the first dubious move from black's perspective – Don Oct 14 '16 at 13:52
  • Yes, this is a standard trappy line in this opening; 6 . . . Nf6? loses instantly, and Dark_Night's 6 . . . Bd5? is scarcely better (simply 7 Qxd5 and White's already a piece up and about to win the Ra8 or mate on f7). The critical line is 6 . . . Bg7! because if White wins the Ng8 with 7 gxh7+ then he'll still lose the Rh1. But there's a remarkable refutation starting 7 Qf5! Nf6 8 Bh6!! with the idea Bxh6 9 gxh7! and Black can take either Rook (one line starts Kf8 10 Qg6 Bc1 11 Qxg2 Bxb2) but should eventually lose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen%27s_Defence#Matovinsky_Gambit – Noam D. Elkies Nov 1 '16 at 4:35
  • 6...Bd5?? 7.g7+ Bf7 8.Qxf7+ Kxf7 9.gxh8=Q wins a piece and a rook for white. – RemcoGerlich Nov 2 '16 at 10:41

Owen's Defense is a bit passive, but quite solid opening, so there aren't that many traps to watch out for.

Here is a primitive one:

[FEN ""]
[Title "Owen's Defense"]
[Startply "5"]

1. e4 b6 2. Nf3 Bb7 3. Bc4?! Bxe4? (3... e6) 4. Bxf7+ Kxf7 5. Ng5+ Ke8 6. Nxe4

Black has lost their castling rights, so there must be some advantage for white.

3. Bc4 isn't a good move, though. After 3... e6 the white bishop is awkwardly placed.

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