Chess Trap #1: The Blackburne-Shilling Gambit
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The Blackburne-Shilling Gambit is one of the more famous chess traps. Legend says that the famous English master Joseph Henry Blackburne played this trap against amatuers in games for money, thus the name. The main variation in the trap leads to a very picturesque smothered mate position:
The trap mainly relies on the hope that your opponent would get greedy and pinch pawns. I, in fact, have used this trap in crucial situations.
WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS IN IMPORTANT GAMES. USE IT IF YOU NEED A QUICK WIN AGAINST A LOWER RATED OPPONENT.
I have personally used this opening many times in practice. I have scored victories over people in the 1000s rating range. Although the "gambit" can be declined in multiple ways, it still would give you a solid position.
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