Opening traps and miniatures
We can learn a thing or two from really short wins and losses.
One of the first things that I did learn about was the Damiano Defense.
Very interesting to learn about the pushing of the f pawn in the opening, which can cause trouble because of a quick queen check.
It made a big impression on me when I first saw it on the wooden chessboard.
Also quite nice is the Lasker trap in the Albin's counter gambit :
Here are a few miniatures, which can show some ideas in the opening :
Here a well known pattern occuring twice :
Perhaps also interesting to read :
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1001235 (opening traps game collection)