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Great Counter to Sicilian Defense


  • 18 months ago · Quote · #1

    Dannie12345

    The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular openings in chess, so why not use a sharp anti-sicilian? Learn to play the Smith-Morra Gambit!

    1. e4 c5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 6.d6 Bc4 7.e6 O-O

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #2

    CFOfdensen

    paulgottlieb wrote:

    In the San Antnio tournament, when Mario Campos Lopez answered Ken Smith's 1.e4 with 1...e6, Bent Larsen commented: "Stonger is 1...c5, winning a pawn!" I guess the Great Dane wasn't too impressed with the gambit.

    Classic Bent Larsen.  Loved that guy.  He is missed dearly!

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #3

    GreenCastleBlock

    Dannie12345 wrote:

    The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular openings in chess, so why not use a sharp anti-sicilian? Learn to play the Smith-Morra Gambit!

    1. e4 c5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 6.d6 Bc4 7.e6 O-O

    Because White can get an active position without giving up a pawn via 2.Nf3 and 3.d4.

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #4

    ThrillerFan

    Dannie12345 wrote:

    The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular openings in chess, so why not use a sharp anti-sicilian? Learn to play the Smith-Morra Gambit!

    1. e4 c5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 6.d6 Bc4 7.e6 O-O


    I can give you multiple reasons:

    1) When I did play the Sicilian, I didn't play the line you gave, giving White all the fun.  I think the Chicago Defense with 9...Ra7 (no ...Be7, Black doesn't have time for that) blows away the Morra Gambit.  1.e4 c5 2.d4?! cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 a6 7.O-O b5 8.Bb3 Nc6 9.Qe2 Ra7

    2) Black doesn't have to oblige, and you are stuck playing a c3-Sicilian when Black declines with 3...d5.  The c3-Sicilian is insipid and gives White NOTHING!  Dead equal!

     

    White's only hope is to play either the Open Sicilian, Closed Sicilian, or Rossolimo (which can only be played against 2...Nc6 and 2...d6, stuck playing the Open against 2...e6).  The rest of the systems are equal at worst for Black.

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #5

    Bill_C

    Playing an opening is all about a matter of playing style. What I can tell you about the SM Gambit is that the hardest wins I have had to play for are when Black plays e6, taking some of the sting out of the Bc4 move later on move 4 or 5 and openings where Black plays almost any other reply than cxd4 that plays to the center. there are some good traps for White but against a good Kan/Taimanov player, White can have an uphill battle to show his equality, even if he does eventually get a 6th rank pawn in the center or if Black takes in the center.

    The SMG also has some ideas it shares with the Alapin but after the c3 move coming without the immediate d4, there almost all similarity stops.

    A good idea going against the Siilian that is actually easy for White to set up that gets Black Sicilians out of book at times? The King's Indian Attack.

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 (insert 2nd move for Black here) 3. d3 and now Black does not have the cxd4 move while White can lay ideas such as g3 Bg2 c3 (or c4) Be3 Nbd2 Qe2 and 0-0 against nearly any Sicilian setup. Is it fool proof? Absolutely not. Even if you know a line backwards and forwards but do not know how to play to transposed lines, you will be lost in your opening. But it has the chance of taking a Sicilian player and keeping him very early theory on the defense or if you get the c4 move, you have a transposed symmetrical English Opening as well to play with.

    this setup seems to work better against e6 Sicilians rather the d6 Sicilians since Black can play either e6 later or even e5. Against e6, I have had soe interesting wins against the Sicilian doing this, but I also play the SMG just for kicks.

    Stil, i do not consider it a complete defense for White since Black gets a d6and e6 structure and exchanges before White gets his attack going and allthat remains is whether to go to Burger King after the match or go straight home from the match.

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #6

    Ronald_Aprianto

    The greatest Counter of Sicilian Defense
    I used Central Borneo Opening whith odd pawn sacrifice on center of board when I face an opponent who used Sicilian. Please, check out an example as follows:

    http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=824362826


    The best way of him, maybe he should move as dynamic diagram below:

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #7

    ghostofmaroczy

    ThrillerFan wrote:


    I can give you multiple reasons:

    Why don't you just give us one good one.


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