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I enjoy playing against the Smith-Morra! Nice video thanks for sharing it
I will create a blog page here on chess.com examining in depth recent Esserman and other author recommendations and see how we can use "old theory" (Smith-Evans) to help us know what to do. Black is never very worried. It's just a matter of seeing the best play and understanding it.
Really enjoying this series! Thank, Mark for your insights!
nice explanation ...thanks
I vote for more videos from Mark. His dry humor ("the most amusing is Ke2, then we win the queen. That would be fun,") and deliberate pace are perfectly juxtaposed to Danny's crazy and frenetic (though just as valued) lessons.
Imterribleraelly, your Daddy should make you write your interminable rant out on a dry erase board one-hundred times, wash your keyboard out with soap, and put you to bed with no dessert.
Maybe stop crying and being a leech off the rest of us who pay the upkeep of this wonderful playground in which you seem to enjoy too many free privileges already. The staff here needs to be paid... get over it.
great! you are very clear! i really loved watching and listening to your video.
Don't forget to include Esserman's lines in the final video.
Thanks for posting, will watch after work today!
by IM Mark Ginsburg
Before tackling the main lines of the Smith-Morra, IM Mark Ginsburg first shows a pair of "coffeehouse" variations for white that have been popularized in opening manuals. Learn how to make them "decaffeinated" by watching how black can calmly keep his extra pawn and get the better of the opening.
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)
Related: Part 1
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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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