Chess Traps and How to Avoid them?

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Chess traps are always fun and exciting as long as you’re the one who sets it and it’s even more fun if your opponent falls into your trap. However, things are different when a trap is set for you. How to identify the traps that your opponent sets for you, so that you can avoid falling for them?

To answer that question, our guest coach FM Marko Makaj, who is also the co-author of the course “Defending Champion”, has prepared a very interesting video on this topic. He will teach you how to foresee the traps set by your opponent and avoid them, by showing traps like Cambridge Springs from the Queens Gambit, the Mortimer Trap from the Berlin Defense, and the Blackburne Trap (or the Legal Trap). You can watch the video lesson below:

Here are a few important things to remember about chess traps:

1. Traps are often led by a sacrifice
2. When your opponent sacrifices a pawn or a piece, ask yourself why he/she played that and what’s the idea behind it
3. After that, try to identify whether it’s really a trap or simply a blunder (wrong sacrifice)
4. Trust yourself – if you don’t see a trap, then don’t be afraid to accept the sacrifice from your opponent

You can find the PGNs of the traps discussed in the video below:

P.S. What’s your favorite chess trap(s)? Also, please share with us some of your games, in which you’ve used them, in the comments below. 🙂
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