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Opening Traps and Miniatures
Compiled by biohaz
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nd5 = queen loss
Wiesel vs Weigel, 1923 
(B01) Scandinavian, 9 moves, 1-0

bb5+ = knight loss 6..ng4??
K Rahn vs Rellstab, 1941 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

ne6+ = queen loss
D Muller-Using vs F Hoffmann, 1995 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 10 moves, 1-0

e4 decoy=queen fork
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

6.qf3=material advantage
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 6 moves, 1-0

bxf7+ = queen loss
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 9 moves, 1-0

queen sac trap
Greco vs NN, 1619 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

knight trap:)
B Wall vs L Shameson, 1986 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 9 moves, 1-0

good queen trap :)
J Krejcik vs S Takacs, 1920 
(A06) Reti Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

great trap
G Abrahams vs W R Thomas, 1923 
(B01) Scandinavian, 7 moves, 1-0

ne5 defeats relative pin
Balode vs Sondore, 1965 
(B01) Scandinavian, 7 moves, 1-0

blunder=mate
Michael Meyer vs D Newcomb, 1952 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 7 moves, 1-0

legal
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

bb5 pins queen
Kolisch vs E Geake, 1860 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

nxc6 leaves queen overworked
A Oppenheim vs NN, 1921 
(C47) Four Knights, 9 moves, 1-0

pin=nd6 mate
Schroder vs J H Blake, 1912 
(A06) Reti Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

5..nxh7 = mate in 2
H Haberditz vs Hysek, 1938 
(A04) Reti Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

nxf7 queen loss variation
G Welling vs A Faber, 1978 
(A06) Reti Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

great queen trap!
H McMahon vs Marshall, 1897 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 7 moves, 0-1

careful what you take
G Robinson vs C Davie, 1916 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

common queen trap
Koltanowski vs Diller, 1960 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

queen sac to mate!
Twigg vs E Gray, 1947 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 8 moves, 1-0

bxf7+ = queen loss
A J Donnelly vs E Pollington, 1963 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 6 moves, 1-0

bxf2 leads to knight fork
NN vs Leonhardt, 1903 
(C22) Center Game, 8 moves, 0-1

queen sac mate:)
B Blumenfeld vs NN, 1903 
(C45) Scotch Game, 10 moves, 1-0

queen sac to mate for black
Swain vs Smart, 1990 
(C46) Three Knights, 13 moves, 0-1

queen pin and win
Sanahuja vs Fernandez, 1983 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 8 moves, 1-0

text book style bishop sac to mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

rook sac to mate
Kieninger vs Mross, 1941 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 14 moves, 1-0

queen sac to bishop mate!
Alekhine vs Vasic, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

queen sac decoy to mate
Yermolinsky vs E Tate, 2001 
(A43) Old Benoni, 9 moves, 1-0

nxe5! mate
T Draisma vs J de Graaf, 1954 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

queen trap
M Christoffel vs A Haerri, 1992 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

bishop sac to queen loss
L Boros vs I Saller, 1995 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 9 moves, 1-0

double check = mate!
A Miller vs Chernev, 1928 
(C45) Scotch Game, 9 moves, 0-1

legal style mate
Taylor vs K Dreyer, 1934 
(C27) Vienna Game, 9 moves, 1-0

fried liver attack
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 1-0

queen sac mate
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

nxf7 leads to mate
Alekhine vs R Bruce, 1938 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 12 moves, 1-0

pin to mate
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 12 moves, 1-0

bxf7+ queen loss variation
C Gibbs vs C Davie, 1916 
(C21) Center Game, 10 moves, 1-0

forced queen loss
Barnett vs Eastwood, 1949 
(C21) Center Game, 8 moves, 1-0

bishop sac to smothered mate
R C Griffith vs NN, 1888 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

queen sac leads to mate on f7
Capablanca vs L B Meyer, 1908 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 10 moves, 1-0

discovered mate
Nimzowitsch vs Ryckhoff, 1910 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

pin on d7= queen loss
Z von Balla vs A Ritzen, 1914 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 9 moves, 1-0

bg5=queen loss
A Pearsall vs White, 1935 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 9 moves, 1-0

qd5 wins the knight
C B van den Berg vs F Gaarenstroom, 1943 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 10 moves, 1-0

bishop gets traped
R Dworzynski vs Keres, 1956 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 11 moves, 0-1

qd5 to knight loss
D Burk vs A Wishnek, 1968 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 8 moves, 1-0

queen sac to grecos mate
S Pencil vs G Goltsoff, 1976 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

bishop loss
B Wall vs B Henline, 1977 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 10 moves, 1-0

bxf7+ leads to mate in 4
T Martin vs NN, 1980 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 10 moves, 1-0

removal of the guard to knight loss
W Pritchard vs I Hund, 1981 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 9 moves, 1-0

pin = queen loss
Motilev vs Tschirkow, 1981 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

blunder loses bishop
J Rubenstein vs I Golyak, 2005 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 9 moves, 0-1

fried liver
Morphy vs NN, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

forced queen loss
Morphy vs NN, 1850 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1-0

knight sac to mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 9 moves, 1-0

queen sac to bodens mate
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

legal variation = mate
H Buckle vs NN, 1840 
(B50) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

relative pin leads to material advantage
Rellstab vs Butzbach, 1968 
(B50) Sicilian, 7 moves, 1-0

bxf7+ to queen loss
M De Bolster vs NN, 1970 
(B53) Sicilian, 9 moves, 1-0

pawn push to mate
Greiner vs S Buntin, 1975 
(B40) Sicilian, 9 moves, 1-0

4..h6?leads to decisive attack
H Krongraf vs U Monsehr, 1989 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 9 moves, 1-0

7.nxh7!=winning attack
A E Blackmar vs A Labry, 1876 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 14 moves, 1-0

6.nxd5?=elephant trap
Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 0-1

8.axb4 proves to be bad for white
Reshevsky vs R Margolit, 1968 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 9 moves, 0-1

the pin 7..bg4 won't work in this position
E J Diemer vs Toth, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

8.rd1 destroys blacks defences
E J Diemer vs NN, 1950 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

18..qd7?although nb8 is no good either or 0-0-0?
E J Diemer vs H G Gunderam, 1959 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

7..bxc4?? =double checkmate
E J Diemer vs NN, 1979 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

12..bxf1? better was qe7
E J Diemer vs M Senff, 1980 
(C11) French, 14 moves, 1-0

8..bxh2! with a beautiful attack
H Krebs vs E J Diemer, 1974 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 0-1

2..f6? gets killed
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

9.nxg5=aggresive attack
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

6.nxg5!! leads to mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1-0

10.nfd5!?
A E Blackmar vs Farrar, 1881 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Lietsch vs Van Minden, 1957 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 1-0

E J Diemer vs S Weinmann, 1980 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

E J Diemer vs Portz, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

J Vasser vs T Brookshear, 1981 
(C45) Scotch Game, 9 moves, 1-0

V Muratov vs B Baranov, 1964 
(C45) Scotch Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs A Evenson, 1918 
(C26) Vienna, 14 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs R Mikulka, 1925 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

Teichmann vs NN, 1914 
(B01) Scandinavian, 13 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs NN, 1953 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Aronin vs Kantarovich, 1960 
(B27) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

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