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quick knockouts by traps
Compiled by kevin86
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A collection of short (20 moves or less) games where a trap causes a quick KO


pins and fork wins in eight
Sanahuja vs Fernandez, 1983 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 8 moves, 1-0

a queen sac nips Zukertort.
Zukertort vs Lipschutz, 1886 
(C25) Vienna, 53 moves, 0-1

White's queen turns into Ms.Pac-man
Otto vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

queen diverted by impudent pawn
A Dunkelblum vs Keres, 1937 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

white traps the queen-wins it by pawn move
A Istratescu vs I Frosinos, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 13 moves, 1-0

odd Legal variation
B Raphael vs H Montgomery, 1856 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Anastasia's mate
P Roth vs G Rajna, 1975 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

The thrill of the chase.
G Janny vs I Gudju, 1920 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

three minor pieces trap king
NN vs W Curran, 1876 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 0-1

Noa goes down with his ship.
J Noa vs J Mason, 1883 
(C11) French, 15 moves, 0-1

a Tarrasch memorial
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

Variation on DeLegal-black moves pawns w.o. develop.
R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 14 moves, 1-0

a queen dies for a two knight mate
N Speijer vs Couvee, 1955 
(C14) French, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

horses ride the queen
E Paehtz vs M Seps, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

queen sac followed by knight and bishop mate
B Blumenfeld vs NN, 1903 
(C45) Scotch Game, 10 moves, 1-0

Puck is dropped like a bad habit-like Miller-Chernov
Puck vs Troll, 1961 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 9 moves, 0-1

R Pain vs R Peters, 1982 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 1-0

bad day for non-"Jeremy"
F M Wren vs W E Mayfield, 1941 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

Budapest queen trap leaves white hung(a)ry
S Takacs vs J Krejcik, 1920 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

queen trapped by attack,fork,and forced capture
M Pytel vs E Prie, 1990 
(C10) French, 9 moves, 0-1

bird's immortal
Bird vs NN, 1869 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

black's king falls into mousetrap
J Mieses vs NN, 1900 
(C27) Vienna Game, 11 moves, 1-0

duhm vs duhm(er)
D Duhm vs A Duhm, 1900 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 17 moves, 1-0

Fischer traps an unsuspecting queen.
Fischer vs NN, 1959 
(B57) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

mate at c2 can only by prevented by loss of Q
M Hancas vs E G Reicher, 1987 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch trap!
Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

five weak moves--lead to early loss
Prince Dadian vs Doubrava, 1896 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

two knight traps in one game!!
E Berg vs McShane, 2003 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 0-1

eight is enough
Yermolinsky vs E Tate, 2001 
(A43) Old Benoni, 9 moves, 1-0

If there is a fork in the road,take it-Yogi Berra
J Westman vs E Havansi, 1964 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 16 moves, 1-0

devestating double check!
E Delmar vs NN, 1898 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Legal mate served by Pillsbury.
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

black regains sac-ed queen by discovered ch. or by fork.
A Harju vs M Liimatta, 1987 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 0-1

a queen sac send white's king to the scaffold
NN vs R Crepeaux, 1923 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

sudden death by Short circuit.
Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 31 moves, 0-1

geller goes down after quick queen move.
Kulaots vs J Geller, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 8 moves, 1-0

No Joshing!-a real good finish by Mr. Waitzkin
Waitzkin vs E Frumkin, 1987 
(B40) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

exchanges expose white's queen
M Porges vs Winawer, 1892 
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 0-1

Have a FalkBEER on me!
C Bayer vs Falkbeer, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

a Greco smothered mate!
NN vs Greco, 1625 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 0-1

to castle with check good//to interpose with dc/better
NN vs M Bier, 1903 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 0-1

a position to gladden the heart-Chernev
Krauthauser vs Herrmann, 1934 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

queen sac leads to piiquant mate
NN vs G Mow, 1909 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

queen loan produces another queen at a rook gain
Glicksteen vs E Lawrence, 1971 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

the queen gets trapped early
Klimov vs Gorbunov, 1989 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 8 moves, 1-0

black lets in the thundering hoards of white troops 1/26
D K Johansen vs R Valenti, 2001 
(E70) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

quick attack gains rook and opens up king
Vaganian vs G Botterill, 1975 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

a one puncher in the endgame
Wojtkiewicz vs Ftacnik, 1993 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 58 moves, 0-1

quick mate threat puts black to sleep early
S Kuemin vs R Staechelin, 2005 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

swinging door leads to mate-black only has to choose
W Donisthorpe vs Mundell, 1892 
(C46) Three Knights, 15 moves, 1-0

black can't ketchup
E J Diemer vs Heinz, 1954 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

queen fork from the balcony -attacking c8 and h6
Vasiukov vs Razuvaev, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 8 moves, 1-0

black's poor idea of opening lines leads to an early grave
G Neumann vs Dufresne, 1863 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1-0

early sac leads to a fine attack by white
V Sokolov vs Rusnikov, 1966 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

18 Nf5-a perfect mouse (queen) trapf
Csom vs P Ostojic, 1969 
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 1-0

queen in a bear trap
A Istratescu vs Ftacnik, 2005 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1-0

open the door so that i can kill you!
Kramnik vs NN, 1999 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 16 moves, 1-0

dragon,poisoned pawn,and Reti conclusion
J E Slade vs NN, 1960 
(B58) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

on second attampt-white steals a horse
Messinger vs M Rack, 1989 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

white plays five moves---announces mate in eight!!!
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1862 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

Noah's Ark-like trapper becomes a kind of a fool
F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 
(A80) Dutch, 8 moves, 1-0

early crossfire mate-
Chulkov vs Gavemann, 1947 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 12 moves, 1-0

mate in three-after five moves! Var. of a fool's mate
C A S Damant vs NN, 1932 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

pitfall=Winter storm
G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1927 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 17 moves, 0-1

a forced matein four by Bronstein
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

Adams' queen tied in Knotts
S Knott vs D M Adams, 2004 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

Zukertort mates Anderssen in 12 with queen sac
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

black can choose only-which piece to mate him
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

Reti-Tartakower in reverse-Evans Gambit in rev. also
J Schulten vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C26) Vienna, 17 moves, 0-1

queen smothered in six moves.
J Cukierman vs NN, 1934 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

queen sac and crossfire mate
Teichmann vs NN, 1914 
(B01) Scandinavian, 13 moves, 1-0

surprise consecutive sacs
Koneru vs C Waters, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

the trapper is trapped by a nasty pawn
Hort vs V Zheliandinov, 1967 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 12 moves, 1-0

pawn acts as pro-temp bishop to win queen
J Henningsen vs R Borik, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

black has choice of three fifth moves-all bad.
L Monosson vs M Fauque, 1935 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

usual exchange of R+P for B+N-becomes "Unusual"
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

16...Nh1!-there is NO exit.
W Henschell vs M Karff, 1946 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 0-1

three minor pieces mate in nine moves
Muskietorz vs J Salt, 1958 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

black would like to exchange-but cannot wo losing
I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

five moves! queen fork/fools mate theme
Lusgin vs M Joffe, 1968 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 5 moves, 1-0

greedy whitegains queen,but must give it back+piece besides
S Lemieux vs D Feoktistov, 2001 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 6 moves, 0-1

another quick glass of Bier.
NN vs M Bier, 1905 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

mate by knight and bishop? or bishop and then knight!
D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2010 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 10 moves, 1-0

epaulette mate in eleven moves.!
I Schomann vs M Amini, 2007 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

Athens sacrifices queen-wins in 10 moves! London broiled.
London vs Athens, 1897 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Boden with a twist.
H Reinle vs NN, 1936 
(C26) Vienna, 15 moves, 1-0

both queens go for rooks.
Feuerstein vs Bennett, 1955 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

a Freddy Kruger-type original
P Larsson vs Englund, 1942 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 12 moves, 0-1

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