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A reply to the Smith Morra

A recent reply to criticisms of playing the Smith Mora Gambit -general discussion.

I play that in Lightning Chess because often with a Space advantage and black not having an attacking plan , white can dominate, rattle off moves. gain time etc and thats half the battle.

Ignore what fools say about d6 refutations. At local chess level youre NOT playing grandmasters and you can steamroll your opponents. You only need a shoe to kill an ant, but you may need an elephant gun to kill a rampaging bull elephant (GM). Trust me, in small local club chess they are usually ants and the Smith Morra will do the job. However, why give up a pawn using your sandshoe when you can use your sandals (other openings) to kill the same ants? 

John Curtis FM  

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  • 3 years ago

    AntoineBoy

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  • 3 years ago

    giru-sp

    i believe there is a reaon for it to be named by that gambit and its one flavour of chess i guess

  • 3 years ago

    cleofosmedina

    SMG is a good opening for blitz and bullet games but not for long games.

  • 3 years ago

    kyldyl

    :)

  • 3 years ago

    Sreimund

    Evans once said that to refute the morra gambit one has to accept it, of course I wouldn't be too sure whether this information is still valid but white does seem to be in good to decent shape when the gambit is declined and transposes into other openings.

    I do disagree on people claiming it's refutable or only works by traps though, the development from the opening is definitely legit. Then again so is playing a normal sicilian opening which is what mr curtis is trying to explain. You might need an elephant gun to kill an elephant(GM) but you can crush any ant(amateur) by using the smith morra. But why use the smith morra and do away with a pawn when you can use other openings to get the same result.

     

    I can't agree on the cheap trick opening though, there's enough development gained for this opening to make for a good game.

  • 3 years ago

    Jpatrick

    If you can show me a comprehensive database of games that demonstrates that

    "the morra gambit is actually declined more than accepted "   

    I'd sure like to see it.

  • 3 years ago

    2200ismygoal

    Sigh, once again this is not a bad gambit, white gets play in all the lines, even the double morra gambit.  This is not a "cheap trick opening" as some have suggested, GMs have fallen to this line, just because the 2700's don't play it doesn't mean its bad.  Trying to handle whites initiative can be a real problem for black and I doubt its that easy for even GMS at the 2500 level, the morra gambit is actually declined more than accepted because people fear whites initiative.

  • 3 years ago

    Salaskan

    It's a cheap trick opening that doesn't work against anyone who doesn't play Qc7 or allow you to play e5.

  • 3 years ago

    chessproblemo

    Gligoric in his old book on the SMG has a refutation. White has only a draw.

  • 3 years ago

    DimebagDerek

    This gambit helped me out quite a bit when I learned to play chess properly.  So many avenues of attack, but if I let the opponent equalize then I was playing a pawn down game and I would lose usually.  Not only did it make me stop doing stupid things like trading down to relieve pressure.  It helped me coordinate more powerful successful attacks. (Because a weaker not as well thought out one almost always fell short and then my discoordinated pieces were no longer as large a threat.)  While it might not be a 'sound' opening, it is plenty strong and tricky against even a slightly well prepared player.  I think it is something every player should learn to help them with theory and principle and attack!

  • 3 years ago

    Asel95

    in my point of view SMG is not such a good oppening...

  • 3 years ago

    kyldyl

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  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    The Smith-Morra Gambit can be played with the intention of winning, surprise, or just fun. Smith using it against his friend, Evans, does not seem to agree with the ant-elephant advice above. Smith may have had an additional motive. He was attaching his name to the Morra Gambit and selling books through Chess Digest, including his pamphlet on the opening. I played Smith five minute sesssions (1968-78). He never used the Smith-Morra Gambit.

  • 3 years ago

    Jpatrick

    A while back I reviewed the game Smith-Evans San Antonio, 1972.  If you are going to play that gambit, you should know this game. It doesn't refute the gambit, but it's fair to say it does refute 8.Bg5:

    http://blog.chess.com/Jpatrick/smith-morra-undone-smith-evans-san-antonio-1972

  • 3 years ago

    WestofHollywood

    I play the SMG. You get some quick wins with it against people who don't know how to play against it. The frequently played system with d6,e6,Nf6, Be7,etc should give white at least a decent game with maybe some initiative. Frequently people decline the gambit, and the game transposes into 2.c3 Sicilian and other variations. The gambit is a decent way of playing, especially for amateurs, but there is a reason it is not played at the highest levels - its just not that good and a well prepared player can neutralize white's early initiative and then white is fighting for a draw.

  • 3 years ago

    Joesparov

    I play the black side of the Sicilian, and have decent success with 1e4 c5; 2c3 Nf6; 3e5 Nd5; 4d4 cd; 5cd d6.

  • 3 years ago

    Jpatrick

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  • 3 years ago

    Rogalentis

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