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A nice example! I personally enjoy playing against the Smith-Morra as I win 3/4 games against it and this showed some valuable defensive material that could help my own play as black
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Bf4 Bg4 9. h3!
Newflexxx, black can play Bg4 and be equal or go for more with dxe5.
Example, 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. e5?! dxe5 7. Qxd8+ Kxd8 8. Ng5? Nh6 and white is losing. If 8. Bc4 e6 9. Be3 Nf6 white does not have enough. If 8. Be3 f6! 9. O-O-O (or 9. Rd1+) Ke8 10. Nb5 Kf7! and black has a great, solid formation and is up a pawn.
Does anyone know of a dangerous line for white? We can analyze it. Rybkashredder, if you know a specific line or move, please say it.
Excellent video, very instructive. I like the fact that you look at the history of the variation to start with. I will follow the rest of the series with interest.
Great video with clear and concise explanations. Looking forward to part two.
Dealing with some of the comments, first of all declining is equal but not the most testing. GM Evans and GM Mecking were right to take the pawn in 1972. Second of all, someone asked about an early e5 lunge. That never works if black's king is not displaced. I couldn't detect any lines in DJ's comments, the only thing I saw was an early b2-b4 lunge which is never a scare strategy.
Does anyone have any advice of how to deal with 6.e5?!
I hope that you cover Esserman's line recommended in his book "Mayhem In the Morra". You didn't mention it in you ICC.FM lecture.
Thank you so much! In my mind the Smith Morra is one of the best gambits white can play. Knowing how to defend against it is imperative for a Sicilian player.
Night live in Buenos Aires ;) Sound like prequel for Hangover. Good video !
Not too bad of a video.Thanks
shakespeare123, how is Esserman's book?
Does it have enough firepower for practical chances against 2000 rated players?
I'd love to be able to have a one-size-fits all weapon against the sicilian.
Plutonia, of course GM opening lines are irrelevant to almost everyone who plays chess on this site. I was using those statistics to "refute" someones claim that "the Morra refutes 1...c5".
I aim for Paulsen / Kan-like structures vs. the Morra, black is a bit passive but he is careful he should be at least equal out of the opening. another reason for playing like this is it is not very common so white may not know theory so deep in these variations.
I play the Morra for several years now - its a perfectly playable opening - you get loads of play for one little pawn and black is doomed to passivity for a long time - not what a sicilian player with black likes. But - If you play it with white you really need to know the tactical possibilities, tricks and traps and you have to be fearless to sac even more material . One wrong move and black is toast but you have to be alert to grasp the opportunity - like in the Fischer game. As black I never take the pawn - I transpose with Bf6 into an Alapin variation.
After a few years with a lot of wins and losses, I thought I can really play the Morra - until I bought Essermans book...
I need to redo my diamond membership only to watch this series :P
vaiuuii, how a GM does against it is not really relevant to 99% of the people who watch these videos.
I go against 2000 fide at max, and that is in rapidplay. If the Morra gives practical chances in these conditions than it would be enough to convince me to use it, regardless of what high-level analysis say.
Unfortunately, I don't think it's hard to prepare against the Morra.
For example the repertoire I have now uses these lines:
Let's see how D_for_DJ would do against them...
by IM Mark Ginsburg
IM Mark Ginsburg begins his discussion of how to deal with white's supercharged intentions in the Smith-Morra Gambit. He first shows a black domination by GM Larry Evans, whose early ...a6 defense was so successful that they named it after him - he was, after all, playing the opening's namesake FM Kenneth Smith! Ginsburg also shows a missed chance by Fischer, proving that both sides can play for a win.
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)
Related: Part 2
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IM Mark Ginsburg
Mark learned chess at age 6 but only at age 13 was he informed that tournaments existed! He received the International Master title at age 22 and had a peak USCF rating of 2578 in 1993. Mark has twice been the Manhattan Chess Club Champion, and has also played quite a bit overseas in Belgium, Holland, England, and Switzerland. Mark has a PhD in Information Systems from NYU. Mark currently resides in Tucson, AZ and has been Co-State Champion of Arizona twice. Chess is a difficult proposition to teach because it combines logic and imagination, but Mark believes that if logic is applied then imaginative ideas work better. This belief comes through in his teaching style and practices...
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