What are some nice bait lines?

Is mainline traxler really unsound? I always heard that it is too complex to throw out. And the only line I have seen that truly gains an advantage is the Bxf7 followed by Bb3. If you mean THAT as part of the unsoundness then I agree, but that could be argued that it's roughly equal.

The only "bait" line I know is in the Larsen. One of the "Classical" pawn structure lines has a line where if you capture the pawn on f4 like you do against the Owens, you effectively get thrashed. And most of the theory is even comped. So you can easily win just memorizing most of the comp theory. I think it's like 4-6 lines that you have to look at to master it.

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d5 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. f4 exf4?

The only others I know of which may not qualify as bait lines are the Karpov Gambit in the Lopez, and the mainline to the Danish.


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 b5 6. Bb3 Nxe4 7. d4 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Ng5


1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 d5 6. Bxd5 Nf6 7. Bxf7 Kxf7 8. Qxd8 Bb4 9. Qd2 Bxd2 10. Nxd2 Re8 11. Ngf3!!

Both 11. Ng5 and 11. Ngf3 are considered taboo. Do those count?

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