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101 Chess Opening Traps (Gambit chess) Paperback – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Gambit chess
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901983137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901983135
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

About the Author


Steve Giddins is a FIDE Master from England who has frequently contributed to the British Chess Magazine and the ChessBase website. He has gained a reputation as a writer who provides useful, no-nonsense advice on topics of genuine practical importance, drawing especially upon his familiarity with Russian chess literature and training methods.

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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Best by Test on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Neely on September 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on April 23, 2008
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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.
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