The Smith-Morra Gambit!?

The Smith-Morra Gambit!?

chesswar1000
chesswar1000
Mar 1, 2018, 6:27 PM |
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When I was browsing around for chess books, I stumbled across an interesting book called Mayhem in the Morra by Marc Esserman. I was about to immediately scoff it off as just one of those "generic, dubious opening advocators" such the ones on the Blackmar-Diemer, but I saw the overwhelmingly positive ratings for it and just couldn't resist taking a look. And it amazed me: Esserman's analysis and personal love for the Morra are truly terrific. After watching Black get crushed game after game while memorizing and studying the lines until they were purely instinct, I eventually decided to test the Morra in practice. Here's the game: 
 
 

I took my success over the chessboard to online and decided to play some live chess games. I have lost only one game so far with this line, and it was with the pesky declining line of 3...d5 (which by the way is relatively harmless and offers White good counterplay, but I was not theoretically prepared for this line). But by far my crowning achievement was one game I recently played today...

 

This game really showed the fantastic power of the Smith-Morra. So what do you think? Is the Morra sound or unsound? For those of you who still doubt the awesome power of this tragically neglected opening, I need only point you towards Esserman's book. I have to give all credit for his analysis of opening lines that I used in these two games. It is superbly written, with both detailed opening theory and pointed prose, especially if you like James Bond or Joker quotes. For once, I am convinced that this opening can truly make a resurgence, as Kasparov did with the Evans Gambit. It just needs a super grandmaster to get there...

 

"I think he got the point." James Bond, Thunderball