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Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Learning Opening Traps/Tactics - Important!

This is a quick take-off of the classic WINNING CHESS TRAPS where there is one trap per page, one diagram per page, main emphasis is on the point of the trap(containing the main analysis). THE STRONG POINTS: 1. Traps are arranged by opening (allowing a quick look up ...
This is a quick take-off of the classic WINNING CHESS TRAPS where there is one trap per page, one diagram per page, main emphasis is on the point of the trap(containing the main analysis). THE STRONG POINTS: 1. Traps are arranged by opening (allowing a quick look up of the openings you are interested in). 2. Diagram pinpoints the initiation of the critical move(s) of the trap. THE WEAK POINTS: 1. Very little pointing out of where improvements should be made on both sides before the initiation of the trap. Not a lot of analysis. 2. Some errors in analytical judgement - more accurate analysis would improve the book. Knowing your openings and the critical tactics involved in your openings will greatly improve your game. THEREFORE, getting a couple of good books on CHESS TRAPS in the opening is important for every chess player.

posted by Anonymous on June 16, 2006

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Tactics in the opening!

Books on opening traps provide you with both information on the openings you may use and the typical tactics that you will find. I personally love chess traps books and own most of them (my favorite being "Winning Chess Traps"). I second it that the main fault of this b...
Books on opening traps provide you with both information on the openings you may use and the typical tactics that you will find. I personally love chess traps books and own most of them (my favorite being "Winning Chess Traps"). I second it that the main fault of this book (which has a second book titled, "More Traps and Zaps" to be complete) is that little explanation is given on where the mistakes are made and what could have been done to improve. The analysis is very skimpy. But, there are plenty of traps. Not the best trap book for a novice who will be crying, "what should have been done here?"

posted by Bookunderdog on October 20, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    Learning Opening Traps/Tactics - Important!

    This is a quick take-off of the classic WINNING CHESS TRAPS where there is one trap per page, one diagram per page, main emphasis is on the point of the trap(containing the main analysis). THE STRONG POINTS: 1. Traps are arranged by opening (allowing a quick look up of the openings you are interested in). 2. Diagram pinpoints the initiation of the critical move(s) of the trap. THE WEAK POINTS: 1. Very little pointing out of where improvements should be made on both sides before the initiation of the trap. Not a lot of analysis. 2. Some errors in analytical judgement - more accurate analysis would improve the book. Knowing your openings and the critical tactics involved in your openings will greatly improve your game. THEREFORE, getting a couple of good books on CHESS TRAPS in the opening is important for every chess player.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    Tactics in the opening!

    Books on opening traps provide you with both information on the openings you may use and the typical tactics that you will find. I personally love chess traps books and own most of them (my favorite being "Winning Chess Traps"). I second it that the main fault of this book (which has a second book titled, "More Traps and Zaps" to be complete) is that little explanation is given on where the mistakes are made and what could have been done to improve. The analysis is very skimpy. But, there are plenty of traps. Not the best trap book for a novice who will be crying, "what should have been done here?"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Not enough explanation of critical parts of the traps

    Whereas, this book has plenty of traps, it is very skimpy on the analysis. It often doesn't show where the losing side of the trap went wrong and often only does so with a '?', not showing what should have been done it its place. A little less quantity and a bit more quality would greatly improve this book (along with its second volumn, Traps and Zaps 2). This book is a take off in format of Chernev's 'Winning Chess Traps' (there also has a new book on traps by the same title, 'Winning Chess Traps' by Snyder that does explain the material well). Some of the material in Chess Openings Traps and Zaps was obviously used to format it from Chernev's book as some of the exact same errors were republished (uncorrected)! The concept of opening traps to show important tactical ideas is a great way to improve you game. This makes this book a decent book to have in your chess library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    With Two Volumes you get PotPorie

    You actually get it all when you get both Traps and Zaps one and two - you will suddenly find yourself with just 1 e4 traps when getting the first volume. Not this being said the author uses the style of Chernev's, 'Winning Chess Traps', but expands on it, copies some of the mistakes, and updates some of the openinigs - well you want the truth in a review so you've got it! As far as I am concerned one of the very best way to improve your game and get better results is to learn what tactics are typical in the openings you use. Or if you are in search of what openings fit your style then there is no better way than learning the pitfalls on both sides of your openings. Not a lot of books on opening traps have even been written - some half dozen or so in print. The author of this book does a 'reasonable' job of covering some of the traps, but nothing to write home about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    Learning Traps and Tactics in the Opening is VERY important

    This is one of two books on opening traps by the same author. It is based largely on the original classic, 'Winning Chess Traps' in that it follows the same format. There are some errors in the analysis and it doesn't have much analysis (sometimes none) to back up there a '?' or '!' is given, often glossing over moves where the reader has a question. However, the idea behind this book is very good. Learning tactics is important. Learning openings is important. Having a book on CHESS TRAPS is important to learn the most important aspects of the openings you play, and to help you determine what openings you want to play.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 25, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Lots of opening traps

    Today seems to be my day for writing about chess trap books. The idea is very good, learn openings and learn tactics! There are lots of traps in this and it's follow up book 'Chess Traps and Zaps 2'. The weakness is that it 'and the follow up book' gives little explanation of the ideas behind the moves and doesn't always clear point out what should have been done when a mistake is made 'that allows the trap'. This is a serious weakness, especially if you are not an advanced player 'which this book wouldn't be suitable for anyway'. I have found the quality of analysis at points to be less than perfect. There are some glaring mistakes in the analysis.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Book that covers the tactical ideas behind the openings

    Both Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps first and second books make learning the most critical opening traps easy. The outlay is a trap on each page with a diagram on the top (showing the critical position). This is a great way to learn the tactical ideas in your openings. I own several traps in the opening books!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2004

    Some issues need to be solved

    I would say this book is good for a lower end player who doesn't need to know traps in the more modern openings. Looks like a lot of this was taken from other older books. Generally, for a beginner this book is not bad at all, but for a tournament player look to getting the ART OF ATTACK IN CHESS.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Traps are significant in logical cases

    It works well with another book source like My System by A. Nimo...even though i can't read some context, it does help understand why under certain degrees of structure vs logical implications to be implied and execute tactics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Great book!

    this book is highly recommended for 2-3 year chess players. tells how to win in under ten moves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    Good For Beginners

    A good book for beginners. The traps and zaps contained in this book doesn't work against stronger players. They've seen 'em and done 'em all. However, if this book is used correctly, it can improve your game considerably. I would recommend to focus more on utilizing this book to remove your own opening mistakes rather than pulling a dirty trick against your opponent. The only true way to success in chess is just by being a great chess player which is achieved by commitment and studying.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Worth reading

    Opening being the most important part of the game in chess, though many of the traps seldom happen it has improved my opening by eliminating many of mistakes and it does give a general concept of the openings of chess.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    This book can help you think

    I liked the book but none of these traps ever happend in my real games. But I did learn to look for traps in my own moves from reading this book so in that it did help me. If you think these traps will happen in real chess dont count on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    Really not an instructional book

    This works better as a series of tactical exercises than as a way to learn openings. The exercises can be hard because they aren't the typical 'mate in 2.' Many of them require 4-5 move sequences, and in some cases it's only about winning a pawn, so you can't just look for mating combos. I think the postitions given are too obscure to use this as a way to learn traps. And while it's nice that Pandolfini provides a lot of text, he can be frustrating at times. In one game, he'll lecture you on the perils of bringing out your Queen too soon; in the next, the side that brings out its Queen early wins. I know that there are no 'laws' in chess, but this approach belies the instructional nature of the book. It would have been better to use the exercises to reinforce basic opening principles, something this book does not do.

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    Posted December 28, 2008

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    Posted April 10, 2011

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