Sicilan Sundays! Morra Gambit.
Welcome everyone to my first Sicilian Sunday! Today I am showing you some games of this sicilan variation that is
"The Morra Gambit"
One of the great mysteries of the Sicilian Defence is the evaluation and the fate of the Morra Gambit. Morra Gambit begins with 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nc3
Many players resort to meeting 3.c3 with 3...Nf6 4.e5 Nd5, transferring the flight to the Alpin Sicilian which I will post in my later Sicilan sundays.
The defining feature of the recommended system is the intended development of Black's light-squared bishop on g4, followed by it's sub sequent exchange for the Knight on f3. This will take away some of White's tactical chances, for instance by reducing the support for the e4-e5 break. Exchanging a minor piece will also help to relieve some of the congestion in Black's position.
Before going any further I would like to emphasize the following point. It is essential that Black executes his plan using the correct move order shown below, otherwise he can easily expose himself to tactical difficulties as we will soon see.
Let us briefly note that 6...Bg4?? allows the simple trick of 7.Bxf7+
A slightly more subtle mistake is 6...Nf6?. The problem with this move seen after 7.e5!
With a strong initiative for White despite the Queen exchange. Thus Black must first cover the b5 square before developing Knight on f6, and only then place the Bishop on g4.
Finally Black is ready for ...Bg4. In this position we will examine four main ideas: A) 8.b4!? B) 8.h3 C) Bg5 and d) Qe2.
This sunday I'll show you 8.b4 variation the other lines in my future Sicilan Sundays.
This move is less exotic than one's first impression might suggest, and has been the choice of several Morra specialists. White is in a hurry to create havoc before the defender can put his house in order with speedy development.
Now that White is in a position to open up the queenside, there is something to be said for keeping c8-bishop at home. Black should certainly steer clear options like 8...Nxb4? 9.e5! Nd7 10.exd6+.
The only serious alternative is 8...Bg4.
White would have been better off with 13.Rc2 Bd7 14.Bf4.
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