For instance, I consider the Queen's Gambit to be such an opening. Most beginners playing black would accept the gambit, and try to defend their pawn too, leading to inferior lines for black.

Any others?

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    Cambridge Springs defense is riddled with traps. You would be surprise how effective it can be even against masters who are not well versed with the opening's theory. Jan 20 '14 at 16:43
  • @AlwaysLearningNewStuff how come you didn't make that a real answer?
    – MDMoore313
    Jan 20 '14 at 17:53
  • @MDMoore313: OP wanted openings, not opening-I do not know opening against 1.e4 and 1.c4 that offers many possibilities for making traps so I have decided to contribute only with this comment. Jan 20 '14 at 18:10
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    What openings aren't traps against beginners? They drop queens, the opening is the least of their concern. Jan 20 '14 at 19:21
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    Just out of curiosity, why would you want to use an opening trap against a beginner?
    – JiK
    Jan 20 '14 at 20:09

There is none. You should play the openings where you are stronger, and you should play normally as if you were facing a strong opponent, because if you let your opponent get some kind of messy position you are risking losing yourself.

All I can say is to play good moves, sooner or later your opponent will blunder something.

  • None? Really? There's no sound opening which also involves a trap?
    – D M
    Jan 4 '20 at 4:12

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