10 Best Chess Opening Traps for Black

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Chess opening tricks and traps have always caught the imagination and appreciation of chess fans as long as chess has been played. A nice chess opening trap shows tactical ideas, combinations, and fascinating concepts that capture our attention and stand the test of time. The chess traps in this article will give you ideas to try in your own games.

Best Chess Opening Traps for Black

1. Siberian Trap

This trap in the Smith-Morra Gambit has claimed many victims of all levels! It seems as though White is just making natural developing moves and then all of the sudden loses the queen or gets checkmated!

chess trap: siberian trap
chess trap: siberian trap

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 4... Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Qe2 Ng4! 9. h3?? 9... Nd4! 10. Nxd4 (10. hxg4 Nxe2+) (10. Qd1 Nxf3+ 11. Qxf3 Qh2#) 10... Qh2#

2. Fajarowicz Trap

This sneaky trap comes out of the Budapest Gambit opening. Black ends up sacrificing two minor pieces in order to win the white queen.

chess trap: fajarowicz trap
chess trap: fajarowicz trap

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. Nf3 d6 5. exd6 Bxd6 6. g3?? 6... Nxf2! 7. Kxf2 Bxg3+ Black wins the queen!

3. Blackburne Shilling Trap

This trap comes out of a variation of the Italian game, or Giuoco Piano. In this trap, Black violates all the basic opening principles in order catch White off guard. At first, it looks like Black is paying careless moves but after 5...Qxg2 you can see who is really in trouble!


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nd4?! 4. Nxe5?! 4... Qg5! 5. Nxf7 5... Qxg2 6. Rf1 Qxe4+ 7. Be2 Nf3# And a nice smothered checkmate to end the game! 0-1

5. Noah Trap

chess trap: noah trap
chess trap: noah trap

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. d4 b5 6. Bb3 Nxd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8. Qxd4?? 8... c5 9. Qd5 Be6 10. Qc6+ Bd7 11. Qd5 c4 And finally the bishop is trapped!

6. Lazard Gambit Trap

chess trap: lazard gambit trap
chess trap: lazard gambit trap

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nd2 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. h3 this is an example of how a single knight can win the game Ne3 5. fxe3 Qh4+ with a mate to follow 0-1

7. Cambridge Springs Trap

The Cambridge Springs trap comes out of a popular sequence of moves in the Queen's Gambit Declined.

chess trap: cambridge springs trap
chess trap: cambridge springs trap

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nxd5  6... Nxd5! 7. Bxd8 Bb4+ 8. Qd2 Bxd2+ 9. Kxd2 Kxd8 And Black has won a piece.

8. Lasker Trap

The Lasker trap is named after the second World Champion Emanuel Lasker. The best part of this trap is that involves the rare under-promotion to a knight. Black plays the Albin-countergambit to face White's queen's gambit.

chess trap: lasker trap
chess trap: lasker trap


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. e3? 4... Bb4+ 5. Bd2 dxe3! 6. Bxb4?? 6... exf2+ 7. Ke2 (7. Kxf2?? Qxd1) 8. Ke1 (8. Rxg1 Bg4+)
8... Qh4+ 9. Kd2 (9. g3 Qe4+) 9... Nc6 10. Bc3 Bg4 11. Be2 O-O-O+

9. England Gambit Trap

This trap has several neat tactical ideas and ends in Black checkmating White despite not that many pieces being exchanged.

chess trap: england gambit trap
chess trap: england gambit trap

1. d4 e5?! 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Bf4 Qb4+ 5. Bd2 Qxb2 6. Bc3 6... Bb4 7. Qd2 Bxc3 8. Qxc3 8... Qc1# Checkmate!

10. Fishing Pole Trap

This trap is fun to try in your online or in-person blitz games. Ending this series of traps with another fun move against the Ruy Lopez. The knight on g4 is the bait, and the pawn on h5 is the fishing pole waiting to catch someone off-guard!

chess trap: fishing pole trap
chess trap: fishing pole trap

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 3... Nf6 4. O-O Ng4 5. h3 5... h5 6. hxg4 6... hxg4 7. Ne1 Qh4 8. f3 g3 9. d4 Qh2#

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What are some of your favorite chess opening tricks and traps? Please leave them in the comments below for everyone to enjoy!

1 Response to "10 Best Chess Opening Traps for Black"

  1. Once more, you can't think all that you read, which means, since somebody said it on a discussion doesn't mean it is 100% precise. chess sets

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