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Opening traps
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Siberian Trap
G Rohit vs K Szabo, 2001 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 9 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann, Two Knights Variation
Lasker vs H Mueller, 1934 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 32 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game
I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

A classic pseudo-queen sacrifice
D Genz vs D Boehmer, 1985 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 1-0

A similar pseudo-queen sacrifice
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

And another
F Rhine vs NN, 2017 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

From's Gambit
P Pantelidakis vs F Rhine, 1974 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 6 moves, 0-1

A beauty, featuring a queen sac and an underpromotion with mate
R Runau vs Schmidt, 1972 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 16 moves, 1-0

A trap in the Scandinavian
Timman vs M Ahmed Bakali, 1974 
(B01) Scandinavian, 8 moves, 1-0

A trap in the Nimzowitsch Sicilian
Rellstab vs W Schoenmann, 1932
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 23 moves, 1-0

The famed Lasker Trap in the Albin Counter-Gambit
G Thompson vs Lasker, 1902 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 13 moves, 0-1

Qa5+ winning a bishop on g5
NN vs F Rhine, 2011 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 0-1

The Polar Vortex Trap, my invention
NN vs F Rhine, 2019 
(B30) Sicilian, 10 moves, 0-1

QGA - similar to the Siberian Trap
Hoang Thi Bao Tram vs D Belenkaya, 2017
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 22 moves, 0-1

The fork trick fails to another fork trick
A C Chow vs E Karklins, 1979 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 7 moves, 0-1

A famous super-brevity in the Budapest
F B Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 5 moves, 0-1

The shortest decisive master game
Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 0-1

Only in correspondence chess - or bullet
J F Campbell vs A Ehrlich, 1990  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 1-0

The classic Englund Gambit trap
H Silbermann vs Honich, 1930 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

Dropping the queen to a pin
K D Reichwald vs G Scheuerlein, 2011 
(B01) Scandinavian, 4 moves, 1-0

My favorite trap against the London System
Shuler vs C S Hall, 1990 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

Smothered mate in the Caro-Kann
F Vogt vs H Lehmann, 1947 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 6 moves, 1-0

Ba5! surprisingly traps the queen
A Karklins vs Dlugy, 1986 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

Qa5+ picks up a knight on g5
I Farago vs V Bliumberg, 1994 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 5 moves, 0-1

Magnus Smith Trap
Fischer vs NN, 1964 
(B56) Sicilian, 9 moves, 1-0

The shortest decisive game in a U.S. Championship
K G Shirazi vs J Peters, 1984 
(B20) Sicilian, 5 moves, 0-1

A classic queen trap in the French
F Rhine vs NN, 2020 
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1-0

Elephant Trap
Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 0-1

The Levenfish Variation trap claims another victim
Frank Brady vs S H Langer, 1960 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 10 moves, 1-0

The weakness of f7 tells
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

A surprising queen trap helps Bobby win his first championship
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Shades of Reti-Tartakower
Koltanowski vs A Dunkelblum, 1923 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

A fun trap in From's Gambit
NN vs M Bier, 1905 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

A surprising Greek gift
Kamsky vs S Shankland, 2014 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Black blunders a piece
C Hansen vs P Rodas, 1980 
(C01) French, Exchange, 6 moves, 1-0

I recreate a queen trap from du Mont's book
NN vs F Rhine, 2019 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 5 moves, 0-1

A trap in the Chigorin QGD
M R Taylor vs M Hardman, 2006
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Lasker's shortest loss ever
H Caro vs Lasker, 1890 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Once again, an early ...Bf5 in a Slav gets Black in trouble
F Rhine vs NN, 2007
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 11 moves, 1-0

Shades of Schlechter-Perlis
S Terentiev vs J Gallagher, 1990 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Watch out for the fishing pole!
Privalov vs V Malaniuk, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 15 moves, 0-1

Greed doesn't pay against the 2.Bg5 Dutch
F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 
(A80) Dutch, 8 moves, 1-0

The classic trap in the 2.h3 Dutch
C F Johansson vs M Hernback, 1997 
(A80) Dutch, 6 moves, 1-0

Black moves the wrong piece to e7
L Palau vs S Kalabar, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

Be careful about playing fxe5 in the King's Gambit
O W Rigaud vs J Cooper, 1974 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 5 moves, 0-1

Qa5+ spears a knight on e5
R F Combe vs W Hasenfuss, 1933 
(A43) Old Benoni, 4 moves, 0-1

Karpov falls into a double attack
L Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 12 moves, 1-0

Black's queen gets trapped in a Scotch, Steinitz Variation
P Frazer vs Taubenhaus, 1888 
(C45) Scotch Game, 8 moves, 1-0

A predecessor of the Reti-Tartakower theme
Maczuski vs Kolisch, 1863 
(C45) Scotch Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein Trap, Part I
Euwe vs Rubinstein, 1928 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein Trap, Part II
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

O-O-O+! winning Black's rook on b2
O Feuer vs O'Kelly, 1934 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

A surprising finish
G Thorhallsson vs B Thorfinnsson, 2009 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 10 moves, 0-1

Noah's Ark Trap
R Dworzynski vs Keres, 1956 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 11 moves, 0-1

Greek gift
F Rhine vs NN, 2020
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

10.Rb1! +-
NN vs F Rhine, 2020 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 12 moves, 0-1

Blitz Special
NN vs F Rhine, 2020 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 0-1

Stafford Gambit
S Tadic vs E Rosen, 2020 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Stafford Gambit
Jan Zienkiewicz vs F-E Mallassagne, 2020
(C42) Petrov Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Stafford Gambit (by transposition)
NN vs F Rhine, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

Stafford Gambit - Légal's Mate
N Vanderhallen vs B Skjoldan, 1998
(C42) Petrov Defense, 8 moves, 0-1

Eric Rosen's most beautiful win with the Stafford Gambit
Dmitry Zhuchek vs E Rosen, 2021 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

The famous Budapest trap
Henricksen vs Bjarne Pedersen, 1937 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 8 moves, 0-1

Karklins Gambit
NN vs F Rhine, 2019 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 0-1

How to Mate a GM in 13 Moves
W Zili vs R M D P de Almeida, 1996 
(B01) Scandinavian, 13 moves, 0-1

A common trap in Petroff's Defense
Koltanowski vs K Diller, 1960 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

Mortimer Trap
Jana Boehm vs Swenja Wagner, 2015
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 20 moves, 0-1

Budapest Fajarowicz ...Nxf2!
M Warren vs Jan Selman, 1932 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

From's Gambit - my shortest tournament win
P Napetschnig vs F Rhine, 1977 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 5 moves, 0-1

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