The Chess Trap Tactic, Example 2:
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Chess Trap Tactic, Example 2 The Trap: Elephant Trap

Trap Set By: Black

If it Works: [1] Thinking Black's Nf6 can't move, due to the Relative Pin of Nf6 against Qd8, White will launch an attack with his
c-Pawn (cxd5), possibly expecting Black to reply with ...exd5, but perhaps not expecting his Nc3xd5 to be met by Black's ...Nf6xd5!

So, the first part is a swap-off of material, with Black's Nf6 surviving on d5.

[2] White's Bg5 sees the prize of Black's Qd8 and captures (yellow arrow: g5-d8), but Black's response isn't to capture immediately (that can wait!), but to launch a counterattack against White's exposed King (red arrow:

[3] Black's Queen must sacrifice herself to save her King (yellow arrow:
d1-d2), with White's King tidying up (yellow arrow: e1-d2).

[4] That leaves Black's King to capture his prize: the Elephant in the Trap!

The Result: Black has a gain in material, leaving Black with one Bishop less, after Black's King captured White's dark-Bishop (...Kxd8).

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Chess Trap: Elephant Trap
Trap Set By: Black

Move 1, White's Queen's Pawn advances to d4; Black's Queen's Pawn advances to d5.

Move 2, White's c-file Pawn advances to c4, which is The Queen's Gambit; Black plays The Queen's Gambit - Declined, by advancing his King's Pawn, to e6.

Move 3, White's Queenside kNight is brought out to c3; Black's Kingside kNight is brought out to f6.

Move 4, White's Queenside Bishop is sent out to g5; Black sets the Chess Trap, by bringing his Queen's kNight over, from the b-file, to d7.

If The Trap Works ...

Move 5, White's c-file Pawn will capture (x) Black's Pawn, on d5; Black's e-file Pawn will then capture (x) White's Pawn, on d5.

Move 6, White's active kNight will capture (x) Black's Pawn, on d5; Black's kNight will then capture (x) White's Knight, on d5.

Move 7, White's active Bishop won't believe its luck and will capture (x) Black's Queen, on d8 ...

Black's measured response will be to send his King's Bishop out to b4, where it'll put White's King in "Check" (+).

Move 8, White's Queen will be forced to block the Check, on d2 ...

Black will then be able to make up for the loss of his own Queen, by capturing (x) White's Queen, on d2 - a move which puts White's King back in "Check" (+).

Move 9, White's King will capture (x) Black's Bishop, on d2; Black's King will then be free to capture White's undefended Bishop, up on d8.

That Chess Trap would result in Black being ahead in material, by that extra Minor Piece (White's dark-square Bishop).

Moving On: Chess Trap, Example 3 (Page 4).

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