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Ups and Downs in the Morra Gambit

Last year in 2012 I hold the 1000 Bright Minds event, where I played simultaneously with more than 1000 players. One of my opponents, Alan, asked my opinion about our game. I annotated the game and I share it with you.

He played the Morra Gambit which gives good attacking chances and I think it was a good idea to play it when I had to focus on more than 1000 games.

He had a winning possibility in the opening. He had a development advantage and he needed to sacrifice a knight to break in to my position. He continued to play slowly which game me the time to consolidate and win in the endgame. When you study the game, then sometimes you can read my annotations just under the board. Please write a comment if you have any questions or ideas about the game! Thank you for your attention.




  • 24 months ago


    Where did White begin to go wrong?

  • 2 years ago


    9... Nxd8

  • 2 years ago


    Great perspective, thank you IM Attila!

  • 2 years ago


    I don't like 7. e5. I believe if you are playing gambits, you don't really wanna exchange pieces. You should have just developed your pieces into active squares. That is just my opinion. Peace out! :)

  • 2 years ago


    e5 is premature - but taking it looses the Queen - 8.Qxd8 ??? 8.Bxf7 !! The Morra is a phantastic opening but if you play it slow, exchange a lot of pieces and if you are not alert to tactics your choice should be some opening which suits your style.

  • 2 years ago


    I tend to play a system with pawns on a6 and e6 to tame the crazy horse on c3 and then try to consolidate. Otherwise I saw many time the knight jump into c7 and cause big trouble in my position. There is a good exercise in Chess Mentor covering this for black.

  • 2 years ago


    thanks this actullay works

  • 2 years ago


    Your're right, thanks.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Bab3s

    It isn't if the queen is protected by a knight on c6.

  • 2 years ago


    8 Bxf7 Kxf7 9Qxd8 is a common trap and wins the queen.

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