How to play Smith-Morra Gambit (+ Video)
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How to play Smith-Morra Gambit (+ Video)

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Beat Sicilian Defense with Morra

Smith-Morra Gambit is a really nice Opening. They don’t play it in the Elite too much, but among beginners and club players, this is a really strong weapon, especially if you play aggressively very often and you like dynamic positions. Sicilian is a pretty good and popular defense, so, King’s Pawn players need to be prepared to face it, and this opening we study today could be a solution.

This is the main position for this gambit; in the video, I explain the basics, and also some general ideas on how to play the middlegame, typical plans, some tricks, etc.


Video explaining How to play Smith-Morra Gambit

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Highlights about Smith-Morra Gambit

  • Black can play two main approaches, accept the gambit (Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted) or decline the gambit (Smith-Morra Gambit Declined)
  • White is getting good squares and activity for his pieces, some lead in development and space advantage, which seems to be enough for the pawn.
  • The plan for middlegame is to continue improving pieces step by step, and put pressure on some typical weaknesses, like b6, d6, or d5, depending on how Black continues.


In this post/video there are plans, general ideas, and some theory. But keep in mind that practice, experience, and learning from your mistakes is what is really going to help you to completely understand a new Opening in your repertoire. Hope this helps!


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