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Chess Traps, Pitfalls & Swindles
Compiled by SamAtoms1980

Springing Tactics out of the Wild Blue

Flohr Bewitched by an Illusion
Flohr vs Grob, 1933 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Max Pavey (American great) falls into a stalemate trap
I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky falls into a stalemate trap
C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Should it be Légal for you to play chess if you fall into this?
F Knauer vs H Boehm, 1995 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 8 moves, 1-0

A Légal theme in a Ruy
Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1893 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 26 moves, 1-0

Spielmann gets angry when you pin his pieces
Spielmann vs Hromadka, 1922 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

Capablanca's Immortal Move
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Castling into Calamity
Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

Make Me A Samisch
Saemisch vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 62 moves, 1-0

Andor Bows to Nobody
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

Qc1!! Rubinstein outduels Capablanca
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Oh no! He hung a King
Henricksen vs Bjarne Pedersen, 1937 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 8 moves, 0-1

Black loses his way and a piece in a tactical labyrinth
V Vepkhvishvili vs J Wiedersich, 1993 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

A Nemeth-esque gambit, a quarter of a century before Nemeth
B Espedal vs D Winslow, 1977 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 1-0

Lightning in Leipzig
NN vs P S Leonhardt, 1903 
(C22) Center Game, 8 moves, 0-1

An ill-timed developing move drops a pawn
S Cucancic vs D Lazic, 2010 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

"The Pig's Mate"
N Tchinenoff vs R Maillard, 1925 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 4 moves, 0-1

White drops a Rook, tries to win the Queen, then loses his King
NN vs W Schelfhout, 1910 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 0-1

5 pawn moves + 3 king moves = 0 on the scorecard
B Wall vs V Greenwalt, 1983 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 9 moves, 1-0

LoNdoN Broil
C Damant vs NN, 1932 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

I A Horowitz vs I Gudju, 1931 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch And His Trap
Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 13 moves, 1-0

Black wins a piece with a trap but hits the skids
Tarrasch vs Bogoljubov, 1920 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

Black's Knight kicks and froths but still ends up dog chow
E Canal vs A Becker, 1929 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 1-0

Noah? This is what happens when you defy your Bishop
E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1929 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

Wailing Wall
B Wall vs D Erb, 1982 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch, out to lunch, gets an early dinner
W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Black clings to a pawn and gets zapped for a piece
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 6 moves, 1-0

"Checkmate to Your Queen"
NN vs Beis, 1940 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

The "Cambridge Springs" Trap
Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1847 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 0-1

Feuer On Board
O Feuer vs O'Kelly, 1934 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

See gid 1243014 for the stunning (and averted) trap
Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

White's Queen isn't much good when sent off to Egypt
Stoltz vs Kotov, 1952 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 42 moves, 0-1

Blackburne smashes a stalemate trap
Blackburne vs Winawer, 1881  
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Marshall steals a game with wizardly combinations
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

Helling pushes White into Hell
L Steiner vs K Helling, 1928 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 18 moves, 0-1

A Fine Mess
Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

A blazing-gun duel won by Rossolimo
Rossolimo vs T D van Scheltinga, 1953 
(B57) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

Marshall traps the trapper Bernstein
Marshall vs O Bernstein, 1914 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Vidmar traps the trapper Euwe
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Reti traps the trapper Euwe
Reti vs Euwe, 1920 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Lipschutz traps the trapper Delmar
E Delmar vs Lipschutz, 1888 
(C45) Scotch Game, 16 moves, 0-1

Thrust and Counterthrust: Alekhine vs. Bogolyubov
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Thrust and Counterthrust: Alekhine vs. Teichmann
Alekhine vs Teichmann, 1923 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Thrust and Counterthrust: Rubinstein vs. Spielmann
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1928 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

Thrust and Counterthrust: Stoltz vs. Colle
Stoltz vs Colle, 1931 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

Thrust and Counterthrust: Maroczy vs. Alapin
Maroczy vs Alapin, 1905 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

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