Best way to survive the Smith-Morra Gambit?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    I've been having some trouble verses the smith-morra gambit recently. Can anyone give me any "safer" lines, or perhaps a solid way to play against it? Thanks!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    transpose into an alapin?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5


    i saw a video on beating the smith morra gambit it was something like the evans defense or something


    here is a video on a game about it:

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6


    As with any gambit, be prepared to give the pawn back, as long as you don't get too greedy Black is fine.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7


    3...g6 is also kinda interesting.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8


    You can decline any gambit, or give the pawn(s) back in time. 2. Nf6 is good if you like that variation of the Alapin sicilian.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #9


    Playing a6 is key when you accept the gambit... It has an exclamation mark in Modern Chess Openings!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10


    I've had some success with 3...d3 as well.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11


    You can avoid the gambit by playing d3 after 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3
    but this can transpose into a Maroczy Bind after White plays c4. There
    could follow 4.Bxd3 Nc6 5.c4 but Black has to be careful because the
    freeing move in the Siclian is d5 but the pawn at c4 prevents this.

    The Maroczy Bind could also give you headaches. You could try to break
    the bind by playing a6 and b5 or get in e6 and d5.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #12


    Fear_ItseIf wrote:


  • 3 months ago · Quote · #13


    Play 3... d3 for a positionally sound game

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #14


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