Item description for 101 Chess Opening Traps (Gambit Chess) by Steve Giddins...
The only thing more humiliating than losing a game quickly is to lose a game quickly to a known opening trap. On the other hand, the easy point scored by the trapper is a great confidence booster, and allows the winner a good rest before the next game in a competition.
This book shows that no-one should feel safe from an opponent armed to the teeth with cunning traps. Steve Giddins (who lived in Russia for a time) has collected his material from a wide variety of sources, some not normally available in the West.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1998
Publisher Gambit Publications
ISBN 1901983137 ISBN13 9781901983135
Reviews - What do customers think about 101 Chess Opening Traps (Gambit Chess)?
Taught my son one of the d4 traps Aug 1, 2008
I have not completed a review yet of all the traps in the book. However, I did have some fun showing my son (only 5 years old) one of the traps against d4. At our next visit to the chess club he used the trap flawlessly on a friend. The added excitement and interest in chess it generated made the purchase worthwhile.
For strong players only. Apr 23, 2008
This book is not what I expected. Most of the cases involve blunders made by GrandMasters during actual play. I think that "101 opening blunders from players who should know better" would be a more apt title. The author assumes that the readers are familiar with dozens of opening variations to about the first 20 moves. If you are 1600+, this book should be an interesting read. Alas, I am not even close.
Terrific book on traps Oct 28, 2005
I can't recall ever seeing such an awesome book on opening traps. The emphasis is on:
A: traps you can play for without compromising your position B: traps that are easy for an opponent to fall into
Giddins has done a great job compiling this collection, and he gives background and history to bring each example to life. The traps are catagorized by opening variation, so traps 26-33, for example, feature the Caro, and traps 91-95 the QI Defense. I spotted many old favorites, such as the Cambridge Springs trap and Fischer's Ne6 against Reshevsky, but also found loads of evil-looking traps that were new to me. Highly recommended.
Stimulating selection - bound to win you some games Sep 26, 2005
I've been meaning for a while to review this excellent little manual on pitfalls in the opening, as it is easily the best book published on this subject. Although written in a lively fashion, these are not frivilous opening lines. Numerous strong players have fallen for these clever traps. The author gives informative background on each, and the emphasis is firmly on lines a player might get to use in practical play.
Good idea, lacking in execution. Aug 29, 2001
Someone got an idea that went "Hey, let's make a collection of quick opening traps that don't involve really awful play from one side", and an author must have said: "Yeah, I'd love to do that!" I then expect he sat down and realised what a large number 101 is. This book contains a good number of opening traps covering a very large repertoire. It also contains a lot of stuff that doesn't seem particularly trappy, but just seems to have been put in there because the author had to reach his 101 target, and doesn't qualify as opening stuff, tactics or anything else for that matter. I suggest giving Mr. Higgins another two or three years to gather more traps to put in there, and ask him to make a second edition, cause there's a good book hiding in there, but there is just so much pointless padding I wouldn't recommend buying it as it is.