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Smith-Morra Gambit, or stick with main lines?


  • 18 months ago · Quote · #21

    Fromper

    blasterdragon wrote:

    well the smith-morra gambit is unsound

    You do realize IM Marc Esserman wrote an entire book on the Morra just to try and prove that's not true, right? Given how many GMs he's beaten with it (including Van Wely, who is over 2700 FIDE rating), I'll take his word for it. Or at least, I'll assume it's close enough to sound for anyone whose first name isn't "Grandmaster".

    I'd say the Smith-Morra is probably the soundest true gambit in chess (as opposed to the Queen's Gambit that isn't really a gambit). More importantly, as I mentioned earlier in the thread, I think playing these types of open games with active piece play is good for improving class level players, even if they have to play an unsound gambit to do it, which I do all the time with other gambits besides just this one.

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #22

    TetsuoShima

    Fromper wrote:
    blasterdragon wrote:

    well the smith-morra gambit is unsound

    You do realize IM Marc Esserman wrote an entire book on the Morra just to try and prove that's not true, right? Given how many GMs he's beaten with it (including Van Wely, who is over 2700 FIDE rating), I'll take his word for it. Or at least, I'll assume it's close enough to sound for anyone whose first name isn't "Grandmaster".

    I'd say the Smith-Morra is probably the soundest true gambit in chess (as opposed to the Queen's Gambit that isn't really a gambit). More importantly, as I mentioned earlier in the thread, I think playing these types of open games with active piece play is good for improving class level players, even if they have to play an unsound gambit to do it, which I do all the time with other gambits besides just this one.

    he also recommendet the apocalypse variant of the caro kann is that also sound?? im just wondering because i never saw it before

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #23

    TetsuoShima

    i mean mark esserman is the guy who did the iphone app right??

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #24

    InfiniteFlash

    The smith-morra gambit accepted is about = for both sides if each player knows what they are doing. Fortunately, black has annoying problems with completing his development that no one wants in theirgames, so often , 2...nf6/2...d5 are played via the 1.e4 move order, and the same 2...d5/2...nf6 against the 1.nf3 move order.

    Funnily enough, d4 c5 e4 goes into the morra too.


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