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An opening variation where the opponent is tempted to play a bad move

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Does this tactic (Bxf7+ KxB, Ng5+...QxB) have a name? [duplicate]

I'm not sure whether this qualifies as a trap, but I sometimes do this tactic. My opponent pins my knight on f3 against my queen, but by sacrificing my bishop to f7, I can move the knight with check ...
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Openings that are devastating for the opponent if they don't know the theory [duplicate]

I'm a 1200 on chess.com and people at my level play random openings. They usually don't blunder and the games often go to boring, equal endgames. I have been loving the Vienna game because most of my ...
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How can I practice not blundering in the opening? [duplicate]

For a couple days now I have been searching for a way to practice openings. I do not want to memorize a specific opening, I want to exercise in responding to my opponent. I'm looking for some kind of ...
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What are some common opening positions where reasonable looking moves are misplays?

A perfect example of what I'm looking for is a position like this one, the "Blackburne Shilling Gambit" 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nd4? [fen "r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/8/4p3/2BnP3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/...
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How can you deal with gambits/traps opening, assuming you don't know the theory of the opening yet?

For example, the Danish opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 where basically, White gives up two pawns for positional play. And if you don't know the theory, ...
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What is this opening called?

I would like to know what this opening is called, if someone has made a bad move, and who stands better. Finally if this opening is played by grandmasters here.
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Which opening contains this trap?

The sequence of moves for White is Nd5, Bb4, and then Bb5, capturing the queen by a fork. The pattern should look something like the below position. I remember that I've seen this trap in some opening,...
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Straightforward refutation of the Stafford gambit

I recently found the the following line that completely neutralizes the Stafford gambit, and lets white keep the pawn with a healthier structure and a calm game ahead with plenty of winning chances. [...
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Can a beginner's "opening repertoire" consist of only "opening principles"?

Let's say I play only e4/e5 (but this question might also come up on d4/d5). If I was a beginner - unaware of opening theory - but could count at least 3 moves ahead, could I survive (=not be lost at ...
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How to avoid falling into unfamiliar traps in the opening stage?

I will be playing with a player in a few days and his level (1400ish) is slightly lower than mine (1500ish). However, he is very familiar with dubious gambits and opening traps and I can easily lose ...
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Tools to analyse weaknesses based on Lichess history

Are there any tools that can find weaknesses in your games based on your Lichess history (eg, you often play a particularly bad line in a certain opening, or often fall for a certain trap), and then ...
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Is there a name for this common online trap in the Modern Defence?

In online blitz and bullet, I often encounter Black trying to get an edge on the clock by premoving 1 .. g6 and 2 .. Bg7. A devious way to deal with this as White is to play 2. Bh6??, winning at least ...
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Is there software which generates novel chess opening traps?

Opening traps can sometimes lead to quick wins, but fail against opponents who are prepared or have time to calculate. Thus... Question: Is there software which generates novel chess opening traps? I ...
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Is this opening a joke or serious?

I was watching Daniel Naroditsky's speedrun on YouTube and in his 1870 video (https://youtu.be/3UqPa5eV2e0?t=987) his opponent (rated 1889, playing black) played a very bizarre opening by pushing ...
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Refutation to the Stafford Gambit "magic line"

I thought I had finally discovered a cure-all to the mainline Stafford gambit that's made waves on youtube, but as soon as I felt like I found lines where black can't possibly get enough play, the ...
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What is this opening trap I keep encountering in the Englund Gambit?

[FEN ""] 1. d4 e5 { A40 Englund Gambit } 2. dxe5 Bc5 3. Nc3 b5 4. Nxb5 d6 5. exd6 Ne7 6. dxe7 Bxf2+ 7. Kxf2 Qxd1 8. Na3 Kxe7 9. Nf3 Qd6 10. Nb5 Qc6 11. a4 Qxc2 12. g3 Qc3 13. Nxc3 { Black ...
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Tricky continuation to the Fried Liver "refuted"

Suppose white gets the following opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 This is what I call Fried Liver Refuted, instead of Nxd5 we get instead Na5. From ...
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Unusual sequence of opening moves in the Open Ruy Lopez with 6.d4 Be7

As title above,could someone kindly explain the tactical highlights of the rather unusual sequence of moves arising with the recent interpretation of the Open Ruy Lopez with 6.d4 Be7? [FEN ""...
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Simplest plan to stop my queen from getting trapped

It's reasonably common for my opponents in blitz to fall into the following trap in the opening. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. f4 Ng6 5.f5 Qh4+ 6. g3 Qxe4+ 7. Qe2 Qxh1 8. Nf3 ...
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Is it a good habit for an amateur to always try to play the best move (according to his best calculation and knowledge)?

Is it a good habit for an amateur to always try to play the best move (according to his best calculation), instead of sometimes purporsely play an inferior move hoping that his opponent does not know ...
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How do you get to this trap position?

[FEN "rn1qkbnr/ppp1pppp/8/8/2B3b1/2N2N2/PPPP1PPP/R1BQK2R b KQkq - 0 1"] 1...Nf6 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Ne5+ Kg8 4.Nxg4 It's black to move. There is a trap: 1...Nf6 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Ne5+ Kg8 4.Nxg4 and white ...
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Does this trap have a name?

I can across this trap playing a bullet game and I wonder if it has a name: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.Nd5 Nxd5 6.Bxd5 Nd4 7. Ng5 O-O 8.Qh5 Nxc2+ 9.Kf1 h6 10.Nxf7 Kh7 11....
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Bad symmetrical variations

I know that symmetrical variations of some openings are good up to a certain point, after which White gets a significant advantage (like gaining a piece or even mating the opponent's king). One such ...
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How should I play after, or refute, the Tennison Gambit?

I played a game as Black in which I fell victim to a gambit trap and soon resigned. Stockfish labled it as the "Tennison Gambit." [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 ...
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Poor gambit for white

I was white and played this against a 1589 rated player on Lichess. The gambit happens at move 10 and it is characterized as a blunder by stockfish analysis. However, black does some inaccuracies and ...
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How good is this variant of the Sicilian defense?

I am relatively new to chess SE, so I am not sure how to include the chessboard thing. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4?! Nxe4 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Qh5+ ... 8. Qd5+ and ...
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Is this knight sacrifice a good idea?

I often play the following variation with black when I play blitz. Somehow it refuses the known lines of the Spanish. It looks like that black is going to be destroyed but almost always I win when I ...
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Origin for this trap of the white queen

I played black in the game below and I am curious of the origin of this trap for the white Queen: move 12 Qxg7 - Rg8. That trap started at move 9 Qg3 - Nd4. [FEN ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess....
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Wrong lines of play to illuminate right lines

De Firmian's Modern Chess Openings is a good book. I like it. However, the book teaches right lines of play. It teaches few wrong lines. Should one not also study wrong lines—the blunders, the ...
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What move is better in this position, Ke7 or g6?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5 And in this position what move for black is better, Ke7 or g6 ? I know that such position will never occur in game between good players because after Nxe5, fxe5 is ...
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Why Black should play Max Lange attack, when its favorable for white only.?

In Max Lange attack..when white is giving gambit of d and e pawns and can grab a piece or good attacking favorable position. Then why black should accept it? Is there any solid defense against it?
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Strange(?) opening by computer (beginner level)

Below is the beginning of a game I played against the 8 year old Magnus Carlsen (yes, I'm a beginner). I'm white. My opening moves are similar to that of a Spanish opening (but not quite), but I don'...
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What to do when your opponent doesn't play along in the opening?

I looked around and could not find an answer for this. I've studied a pretty good amount of opening theory and so I know the "correct" moves for some basic lines. Most e4 openings and a fair amount ...
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Is there a list of ALL potential mates/traps under 10 moves or so?

Wiki has a couple of pages on opening traps, but I get the sense there must be more, and these are just representative samples: List of chess traps Checkmates in the opening PS. The "10 move" limit ...
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Books for chess traps

I have seen (and studied) some books on opening theory. They basically deal with chess openings and various lines in which those openings can transform into. But I haven't found a book which ...
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Traps in the Owen's opening

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 ...
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What are some good openings with a trap to play against beginners?

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. Are ...
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