Taking Out The Trash - Part 3 - The Smith-Morra Gambit

NM ih8sens
Jun 6, 2013, 10:41 PM |

I've decided to return to my Taking Out The Trash series after a long break.  The Smith Morra gambit is without doubt the most respectable gambit that I will try to 'refute' in this series.  I recommend you use this particular line only as a start of your investigation.  

One last disclaimer: 3. ... Nf6 is an alternative to accepting the pawn sacrifice.  Black may force the game into a Alapin (2. c3) Sicilian this way and, as long as he knows the theory, will get a perfectly fine game like this.  

Personally... I grab the pawn.