Hamilton Quads, Round 3. Smith-Morra declined

Dec 27, 2013, 9:32 AM |

Last month, I had another chance to play 2..e5 vs the Alapin in the Sicilian in a game that I needed to win. 

This game transitions quickly from opening to the endgame.  Aside from the remarks about opening theory, which you might find useful if you play either the Alapin or the Smith-Morra gambit, this game is a fairly good example of taking an opening edge all the way to the endgame.

Said another way, if you get a bad game in the opening, you often can't trade your way out of trouble.  White clearly got the worst of it by move 13, and by move 21 was looking a long way uphill to equalize.  By move 28, the King and Pawn ending was difficult, if not impossible for White to hold.