Mastery: Tactics

Chess Traps and Miniatures Part 1 - Quick Knockouts

Chess Traps and Miniatures Part 1 - Quick Knockouts

Learn how to win in the opening!

Ready for some excitement! This is a course on chess traps and miniatures. They are from actual chess games that have ended in 20 moves or fewer. In almost every game, errors are swiftly punished, and thus this course may be studied as a source of opening traps and lines to be avoided or take advantage of. This course provides an excellent opportunity to study tactical positions, attacks, combinations, and sacrifices. Start winning with opening traps today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Perfect your attacking play!
  • Learn key opening traps!
  • Never miss a chance in the opening!
  • Warren - Selman, Corr 1930

    This lesson demonstrates that a slight weakness in a position or not protecting a vital square can lead to loss of material and the game.

    • 3 challenges
  • Krejcik - Takacs, Vienna 1920

    This lesson shows what happens when a player is too greedy and grabs a poisoned pawn without thinking about the consequences.

    • 4 challenges
  • Dadian - Doubrava, Kiev 1896

    This lesson demonstrates how quick development can win against a cramped position.

    • 3 challenges
  • Muhlock - Kostics, Cologne 1912

    This lesson has both sides attacking each other's kingside. Whoever can maintain the attack with more threats, such as checkmate, wins. The game was played by Muhlock as White against Kostics as Black at Cologne in 1912. However, this opening trap...

    • 3 challenges
  • Charosh - Jaffe, New York 1936

    This lesson focuses on attacking and mating threats when a King is too exposed and has limited moves. The game was played by Charosh as White against L, Jaffe as Black in New York in 1936. Both Queens are involved in this attacking game.

    • 3 challenges
  • Abrahams - Thomas, Liverpool 1923

    This lesson concentrates on an attack on the enemy queenside. White has several pieces developed going after major material. Black is cramped and has limited moves. The game was played by International Master Gerald Abrahams against W. Thomas in Liverpool,...

    • 4 challenges
  • Barnett - Eastwood, Correspondence 1949

    This lesson demonstrates the pin of a Bishop and a fork of a Knight that leads to material gain. The game was played by Barnett vs. Eastwood, correspondence 1949.

    • 4 challenges
  • NN - Leonhardt, Leipzig 1903

    This lesson shows the power in the Bishop-Knight combination aimed at the enemy King and Queen. The game was played by an unknown player as White against Paul Leonhardt as Black, probably in a simultaneous exhibition in Leipzig, Germany in 1903.

    • 4 challenges
  • Wren - Mayfield, Halifax 1941

    This lesson demonstrates the power of a discovered attack and a strong center. This game was played by Fred Wren playing White against Mayfield, playing Black. The game was played in Halifax in 1941.

    • 3 challenges
  • Benko - Sawyer, New York 1964

    This lesson features a checkmate pattern against an enemy King caught in the center. It was played by Paul Benko as White against Sawyer in New York in 1964.

    • 3 challenges
  • Cheron - Polikier, France 1927

    This lesson demonstrates tactical combinations that expose the enemy King, which can lead to a big material advantage or checkmate. It was played in France in 1927 by AndreCheron as White against Polikier as Black.

    • 5 challenges
  • Matamoros - Madikwe, Lucerne 1982

    This lesson shows a fast Queenside attack and the power of the pin. It was played by Carlos Matamoros Franco as White against Gotile Madikwe as Black at the Chess Olympiad in Lucerne in 1982.

    • 3 challenges
  • Mazel - Botvinnik, Leningrad 1940

    This lesson demonstrates the power and attacking abilities of the Knights with an enemy King caught in the center, and a cramped enemy Queen. The game was played by Mazel as White against former world chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik in Leningrad, 1940.

    • 7 challenges
  • Beissel - Winborn, Correspondence 1985

    Here is a position that White attacks Black's Queen and King with discovered attacks, which eventually lead to checkmate.

    • 3 challenges
  • Chekhov - Razuvaev, Moscow 1982

    This lesson demonstrates a Queen hunt. White continues to attack Black's Queen until it is trapped or until he has a large material advantage.

    • 5 challenges
  • Wall - Vargas, San Antonio 1979

    This lesson demonstrates the weakness of an exposed King that has nowhere to hide. This opening trap leads to a checkmate in the middle of the board.

    • 3 challenges
  • Lederman - Smirin, Israel 1982

    This lesson demonstrates a kingside attack with all the right pieces working together. Black has the potential of checkmating White.

    • 4 challenges
  • Meinsohn - Meng, France 2002

    This lesson demonstrates a mating threat against a King caught in the center of the board.

    • 4 challenges
  • Blom - Jensen, Denmark 1934

    This lesson demonstrates the power of two Bishops attacking the enemy King when there are no defenders.

    • 3 challenges
  • Kunin - Ochsengolt, Moscow 1958

    This lesson demonstrates that good development of your pieces can lead to a won game or checkmate when the enemy King has no protection.

    • 3 challenges
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