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Probably the most important part of a chess game for the amateur chessplayer is the opening. At the amateur level, most games are won or lostin the opening through mistakes or falling in a book trap. It is importantto study the openings and know what traps and pitfalls may arise from aparticular variation, either to spring it on anopponent or avoid a trap thatyour opponent is trying to spring on you. Short games illustrate how totake advantage of poor opening strategy or erroneous development by anopponent who may not be familiar with a particular opening.This collection of chess opening traps is aimed at anyone who enjoys shortchess games. Some of the games and traps may be absurd, but they have beenplayed by someone. All the games have been derived from practical play,from amateur to Grandmaster level. Opening traps are useful in blitz play,Internet play, and usually with players who do not study opening theory.And at one time or another, all players, from Grandmaster to novice, havefallen for a chess trap or sprung one on some unsuspecting opponent.I have arranged the material alphabetically by opening name. Opening nameshave a kind of history behind them, and it is easier to remember a name thansome alphanumeric code such as the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (ECO)naming convention. Find the opening you like and play over some of theshort games and traps. Perhaps a few ideas can come of it and you can try atrap at least once against your favorite opponent.There are thousands of games that have been played that are 10 moves or less.There are hundreds of thousands of games that are 25 moves or less. These700 games are short from just a few moves to less than 15 moves. This is justa sampling of some of the chess traps that have been played in the game ofchess over the past 500 years. Enjoy.