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2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, lacking in execution., August 29, 2001
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This review is from: 101 Chess Opening Traps (Gambit chess) (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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Initial post: Jun 3, 2007 5:05:05 AM PDT
Alexander says:
First of all, the book is by Mr. Giddins, not Mr. Higgins.
Secondly, although there is some material in the book which goes beyond what's happening in the opening, it's there because it's relevant to what's happening in the opening in question.
And finally, it's very silly to say that some of the stuff "doesn't qualify as opening stuff, tactics or anything else for that matter" because it must qualify as something. It might not be anything good, but if it's there then it qualifies as something!
Please try to be more careful and thoughtful in your reviews. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 9:25:16 AM PST
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.

You make a good point; I could imagine that somebody felt compelled to reach a target number and padded the book with fluff to get there. I haven't got the book yet, so I don't know if that applies in this case or not. But why is it that all chess books are either 101 or 202 of something?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 12:42:12 PM PST
W. Faulk says:
Makes you wonder how Wall came up with 700?!
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