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Best way to survive the Smith-Morra Gambit?


  • 20 months ago · Quote · #1

    9thEagle

    I've been having some trouble verses the smith-morra gambit recently. Can anyone give me any "safer" lines, or perhaps a solid way to play against it? Thanks!

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #2

    Fear_ItseIf

    transpose into an alapin?

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #5

    blasterdragon

    i saw a video on beating the smith morra gambit it was something like the evans defense or something

     

    here is a video on a game about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Kk7GccTio

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #6

    Estragon

    As with any gambit, be prepared to give the pawn back, as long as you don't get too greedy Black is fine.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #7

    Schevenadorf

    3...g6 is also kinda interesting.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #8

    xxvalakixx

    You can decline any gambit, or give the pawn(s) back in time. 2. Nf6 is good if you like that variation of the Alapin sicilian.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #9

    Sam97

    Playing a6 is key when you accept the gambit... It has an exclamation mark in Modern Chess Openings!

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #10

    KhaoSan

    I've had some success with 3...d3 as well.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #11

    DarthMusashi

    You can avoid the gambit by playing d3 after 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3
    but this can transpose into a Maroczy Bind after White plays c4. There
    could follow 4.Bxd3 Nc6 5.c4 but Black has to be careful because the
    freeing move in the Siclian is d5 but the pawn at c4 prevents this.

    The Maroczy Bind could also give you headaches. You could try to break
    the bind by playing a6 and b5 or get in e6 and d5.


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