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I see parts 4 and 5 of The 'Anti' Sicilians. Are parts 1-3 still available either here or somewhere else on the internet? Thanks.
Congratulation! It is a great lecture.http://www.chess.com/video/player/the-anti-sicilians---part-5-system-for-black
What to you think about Smith-Morra Gambit having very similar pawn structure with Sheveningen, but the white pawn on c2 ?
How that would affect blacks minority attack with rook on C file if there is no c2 pawn to attack ?
I know Morra for white doesn't usualy use f4 type attack, but is there a way to connect since structure is so much alike in pawn structure but plans seem to differ ?
thank you for that great video sir, I think that at 10:18 bf7 is a winning move because then you force black to move kd8 then Bb6+ forcing kc8 then Qc2+ forcing again Kb8 and then Qc7 checkmate
@Supercourgette Same here. :)
Aslan7: let me draw your attention to the 2nd edition of "The Modern Morra" by Langrock (2011). I have read some parts of the first edition and it's an interesting book, but some lines get some very short comments.
I have played this line for years (learned it in Texas where Smith lived) and enjoy it. Unfortunately there is no recent book devoted to the line. Great video--many thanks. rt
Interesting that Esserman - Van Wely is quoted. At the 2011 US Open on the final night of the tournament around midnight I watched the two play a bunch of thematic blitz games in this line exploring with each other, Esserman believing his piece sacrifice was interesting and Loek saying it was pretty much trash. Hearing the two trash talk each other and play blitz game after blitz game over and over was great fun!
I have given up the Smith-Morra gambit for a while (for 1.Nf3). It might motivate me to go back to my old love :)
i was thinking what if white played bishop b5 instead of c4 in smith morra to remove defender of e5 pawn, i mean of course it can be defended somehow but it seems to me that it would be stronger than bishop being on c4?
Dzindzichashvili already did a video on Nf6 because it just transposes into the c3 sicilian which he already did a video on.
So then, even with the Smith-Morra White doesn't have a choice when Black plays 3.Nf6 and forces White to play the c3 Sicilian. It seems that Black is in charge again. If Black doesn't want to let White play the Smith Morra White has no choice So this video is for club players that don't know about 3.Nf6, is that what you are saying.
Check out this otb game I played for my club, my opponent played the Smith-Morra gambit but played it all wrong... 2 crazy sacrifices - a knight and a bishop for 2 pawns... 2 outside passed pawns... hectic!
Brilliant topic for a lecture Roman great stuff! I never play the Smith-Morra gambit myself but I have lost just as many games against it as I have defeated it. It seems like a very powerful weapon if white knows what they are doing.
Thanks. Somewhat superficial. Would like to see a tutorial where you could select specific lines and go indepth.
Smith Morra gambit is my favourite against the sicilian
Dzindzi is always cool... and love tolearn anything against the Sicilian...
Great video thanks.
This is a great ad for the Smith Morra. Ken Smith would be happy!
Mr. Dzindzichasvili, I couldn't help but notice that while you covered 3...d3 and 3...d5. I was especting that next you would obviously mention 3...Nf6!
In other words, 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Nf6!!. Without mentioning 3...Nf6 your video by omission or commision withholds vital information from the chess student!
by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
As GM Dzindzichashvili explains, there are many gambits that simply fall under the category of tricky yet unplayable; however, the Smith Morra Gambit is not one of those! Though Roman does not attempt to show you all the variations at black's disposal against the Smith Morra, he does highlight many of white's most critical and common attacking ideas, including one great game by IM Esserman.
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Esserman, Marc
vs. Van Wely, Loek
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)
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GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
GM Dzindzichashvili was once one of the top players in the world. Born in Georgia, his chess first developed in the USSR. While still an International Master, he defeated opponents like Botvinnik and Bronstein before emigrating, first to Israel where he became a Grandmaster, and then to the United States. His accomplishments in the U.S. include two U.S. Championship first places, and one World Open. He has not played actively in tournaments recently, but has become even more famous perhaps in the U.S. for quality instructional materials, in particular chess videos! Roman Dzindzichashvili now teaches chess classes and seminars for Chess.com University. Feel free to contact him for more information!
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