Smith Morra Gambit, Slaying the Dragon


  • 3 years ago


    beautiful game, excellent move, after Rxe7+ i wonder if mate is absolutely forced, or if it can be blocked somehow?

  • 3 years ago


    The game was a five minute game.  My opponent played what looked like normal moves but I was well armed with theory from Marc Esserman's book, "Mayhem in the Morra."


    After 13...Bb8 several good players playing as White have went on to lose this position.  If I remember correctly, according to Esserman's database two out of three White players have lost from this position.  They overlooked the powerful 14. Rxe7+.

  • 3 years ago


    I like to think I play the dragon, and I've been toying with the Smith-Mora gambit.  Very instructive post, thank you.

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