The material has been accumulated over many years as a chess writer, teacher, chess club director, arbiter and player.
Many thanks to all my former colleagues at Club Kasparov for unwittingly inspiring me to launch this project, WGM Sofia Polgar, GM Boris Alterman and GM Alon Greenfeld - to my friend and club co-director FM Michael Lurie, and to the video and technical production team, David Deutsch and Ze`ev Zilberman and to copywriter extraordinaire Dave Shamir, to Nir Ben Levi and to all the many authors and writers whose traps I may have gleaned and borrowed over the years.
The term trap is used in its loosest possible sense. Essentially a trap is "a situation in which one lies in wait to make a surprise attack." The victim may be ensnared by cunning inducement, by deliberate inaccuracies in a volatile position or by a cheapo or sucker punch which is little more than a hopeful blatant blunder. The traps are classified by opening name, by ECO code, by white or black, and by three levels of difficulty or gullibility.
Though they all count, the best traps are those that do little to compromise the trapper`s position. If the opponent takes the bait, the trapper will reap rewards. But if he does not, the damage is minimal at worst . Bad traps on the other hand could leave you with an unenviable position when not taken on board by your discernible or maybe lucky opponent.
Hope you enjoy the material. Feel free to post comments or email questions.