Winning Chess Traps

Winning Chess Traps

by Robert M Snyder


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Winning Chess Traps by Robert M Snyder

In Winning Chess Traps nationally-renowned chess coach Robert M. Snyder takes his Chess for Everyone book a step further by covering sixty-four additional opening traps.

  • Traps arranged by opening to help students improve knowledge of the most important openings.
  • Traps contain important tactical themes designed to improve pattern recognition.
  • Challengea at various points to find the best move.
  • Written for the beginner to intermediate player.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780595453450
    Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
    Publication date: 06/19/2007
    Series: Chess for Everyone Series
    Pages: 232
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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    4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Books on chess traps are based on the opponent making a blunder that can be taken advantage of quickly. Anyone who does not want to know this information would be missing oout on a great way to improve their game and should not buy books on traps, instead they should buy books on sound opening play (see for instance the three volumes by IM John Watson).
    That said, most players want to know how to take advantage of blunders. Why play a long, slow, grueling game when you can win quickly? A masochist might prefer to do that, but most people want to end games as precisely and quickly as possible. Winning Chess Traps helps players to do just that.
    The book has traps arranged by opening with the emphasis being on those openings used as a system in his other books. However, all important openings are covered giving well-rounded coverage. He explains the moves being made and the moves that are mistakes. He also tells the student what the correct line of play should be. You will not only understand how to exploit the mistake but you will also understand how to avoid it. This is what seperates Winning Chess Traps from the other books I have seen on opening traps. Although there are only 64 chapters, there are actually many more traps included. When more than one trap occurs in an opening or opening variation, Mr. Snyder covers the other pitfalls that can snare the unwary. I doubt that there is a better book on traps available (at least, I am not aware of any}.
    Nice advantages of learning tactics from a book on opening trpas are that you can see how they directly apply to a specific opening and you see the moves leading up to what is reality is a tactical problem.
    I highly recommend this book for study as a great way to learn tactics and the pitfalls that exist in openings.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I am also one that feels this book provides a most efficient way to learn the ideas behind the openings and tactics at the same time. Why not? If you are going to study tactics then why not learn how they directly relate to specific openings? Kill two birds with one stone! The traps are arranged by type of opening. But I recommend you simply start at the beginning and go through the entire book. The contents in the front of the book will provide with the index hinting at what kind of trap is in each type of opening should you want to study a specific opening. Each of the sixty-four main traps (with many other traps falling within these ones too) contains solid analysis. It is clearly shown in each case what should have been done when an error is made and there is a brief analysis of main alternative opening lines (where important). The analysis is solid. Compared to any other book on chess traps this book wins hands down (and it certainly ranks among the best books ever written on tactics period).
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is one of the best ways to learn about openings. Because the material in this book is arranged by opening it is easy to look up or focus on any specific opening at any one time. The ideas behind the critical moves in each opening is pointed out. There are a lot more traps than just the 64 main examples. Within each trap there are more traps explained. So in reality you are getting hundreds of examples! This trap book clearly points out where the strong moves and weak moves were made and shows you what should have been done in place of an error. Using a strong computer program to go over the traps showed me that this book has accurate analysis too. I noted that my other book on traps had numerous mistakes in analysis, but Winning Chess Traps was always right on! Obviously, the analysis was carefully checked. In addition to learning about openings, and for some individuals perhaps more important, are the tactics to be learned. Forks, Pins, Skewers, Discovered Attacks, Building & Planning Attacks 'and defence', Overworked Defenders and many more tactics are included. To see these in action from practical examples and within the openings that you are likely to come across is what makes this book different from tactical problem books 'that start off point blank with the critical position instead of showning how that position was reached'. I am not recommending that you get this book to try and set up 'traps' with 'inferior moves' 'cheapo chess'. That is not what this book is about. It is a book that points out where the traps are and teaches you the 'correct' moves in the openings and where the important tactics are.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    If you are either someone who has just completed a beginner's book or a decent amateur level player and want to greatly improve your tactics and learn about the openings then a book on chess traps is a great way to go! Learn how to punish typical mistakes in the opening. Learn the most important tactical patterns. Learn the openings themselves. All this rolled into one!
    This book is part of an excellent series. But, it does well as a "stand-alone" book (as all the books in "Chess for Everyone" Series are. "Winning Chess Traps" contains all of the most important openings and strongly focuses on the most typical traps found in them. It is designed to be at a level for a direct "follow-up" to the top selling "Chess For Everyone" book (which introduces the basics and the most basic opening traps - it adds on many more traps, where the books such as "Unbeatable Chess Lessons" adds on more games, "Winning Chess Tournaments" adds on more endgames, openings and goes into psychology and detailed rules and techniques for the aspiring tournament player).
    I agree that "Winning Chess Traps" is the best books on traps in that it provides solid analysis within the text of the sixty-four mini lesson traps (which have many more traps added within - hundreds of traps overall). It will tell you where the player went wrong, what should have been done in it's place and make suggestions for further study of a specific opening line (it refers you to specific locations in other books within the series for more detail when needed - nice!).
    If you have a book on "chess problems" or "tactics" that starts off with a position where you must find a tactic, you will then see why this book is different. It shows you how the position was reached before the tactic is executed! That is awesome! Enjoy!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is not a book that shows you brief opening moves with the idea of setting up a cheap trap. Instead it provides solid analysis of 64 mini games that will teach you where the traps are (to help you from both points of view) and while doing so you will improve your openings and learn a variety of important tactical ideas. What is unique about this book (compared to the other books on traps I have seen) is that it clearly explanes where the mistakes are made and shows what should have been done. It works well as a stand-alone book or to compliment the other four books in the Chess for Everyone book series. It may cover some of the same themes found in Chess for Everyone (A complete guide for the Beginner) but it uses completely different examples and greatly expands on traps & opening tactics where Chess for Everyone ended. There is very well rounded coverage of traps in a large variety of openings (not just the system recommeded in the series).
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book is fantastic for improving your chess game. I am a fan of Mr. Snyder's series. Very readable and understandable for those of all levels!
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    The general idea behind this book is good. However, problem is the traps are the result one player blundering, the kind of thing you don't see even among average club players. (It would be more useful if the trap comes from natural moves.) Therefore I cannot really recommend this. Instead, Palliser's Complete Chess Workout has a section on opening tactics.