The Chess Trap Scorer

The definitive guide to ranking the best chess traps using stats

The Chess Trap Scorer

🪤 What's a chess trap?

A trap is a position where a player is likely to play a move that when followed by the optimal response, results in a position where the player is likely to lose.

This means that the quality of a trap can be judged by two 'scores'':

🎲 Probability
How likely is the player to play the next move in the trap sequence?
A good trap should have a high likelihood that the next move in sequence is commonly chosen.

😵 Potency
How likely is the player to lose after they have fallen into the trap?
A good trap should be deadly once your opponent has fallen into it!

We can then calculate the overall effectiveness of the trap by multiplying the probability and potency scores together.

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