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  • 7 weeks ago

    SpicyJalapeno

    the smith morra is a goodf opening but i win 40/50 of my games

  • 10 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    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 Cool

  • 12 months ago

    RybkaShredder

    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!

  • 12 months ago

    IM Nezhmet

    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.

  • 12 months ago

    IM Nezhmet

    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.

  • 13 months ago

    WadsworthMS

    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.

  • 13 months ago

    Dargone

    Great video with clear and concise explanations. Looking forward to part two. 

  • 13 months ago

    IM Nezhmet

    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.  

  • 13 months ago

    erik80

    I like SM gambit and play it a lot in blitz, online or in league behind real chessboard. Most annoying for me as white is this line:
  • 13 months ago

    Newfiexxx

    Does anyone have any advice of how to deal with 6.e5?!



  • 13 months ago

    chess_oliver

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  • 13 months ago

    knight_bishop

    pkkaak

  • 13 months ago

    RybkaShredder

    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.

  • 13 months ago

    neilx

    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.

  • 13 months ago

    shotdown

    Night live in Buenos Aires ;) Sound like prequel for Hangover. Good video !

  • 13 months ago

    john-warner

    Not too bad of a video.Thanks

  • 13 months ago

    plutonia

    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.

  • 13 months ago

    vaiuuii

    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.

  • 13 months ago

    soumitra13

    great game

  • 13 months ago

    shakespeare123

    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...

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