smith-mora gambit

  • #21

    Thanks IM pfren. You have filled the very hole in my analysis that I needed. I have long ago settled on the classical variation by Langrock's own analysis. It's still very tricky, and I think that against a good tactical player as white, a lesser defense by black will land the second player in terrible trouble. I'll take your advice in my next tournament game. Jack

  • #22

    Jack, I do not know what Langrock suggests in the second edition of his Morra book. I do not have it, and I do not intend to buy it (money supply here has severely shortened).

    I just know that when looking at the first edition, I was rather shocked by his recommended moves: First playing b4 and a3 without Black having made any commitment to the queenside, and then going to plain crazy: weakening the kingside and making absurd queen moves, just for the sake of a potential attack in the center and queenside. This somehow had to be bad apart from illogical, and IMO the move I suggested before (16...ed4!) kills the whole variation: White is in a bad shape, period.

  • #23

    You are probably right, but Langrock is an FIDE master, so I have taken his book seriously. Your comments will help me- I have tried the Chicago Defense and other variations , but his analysis of the classical line sounds like Black's best shot, and your addition makes me feel confident that I can at least put up a good fight. Jack

  • #24

    Jack have you ever heard of the finegold or the evans defense these defenses praticaly refuted if not actually did refute the morra.

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  • #26

    This is a position that occured in a recent game after 16....0-0-0.  The obvious threat is 17.  N-e7+ forking the rook on g8, but also the half open c file looks very promising as well.  This is indicative of some of the games I have played (yes, both of us are <1400 {a point that has been made quite clear} ) but the game in general featured very quick attacks and it was quite enjoyable. 

  • #27
    pfren wrote:

    I don't know if 3...Nf6 is the best answer to the Morra, but surely enough it's the most economical one. Why work on a second opening when some 70% of the good schoolboys play the (objectively best) 2...Nf6 against the Alapin and are well prepared to it?

    3...d3 is also good alternative for players who dislike 3..Nf6.

  • #28

    I get that a lot of more experienced players would not accept the gambit by making some of the moves discussed instead of 2...cxd.  ( I have seen that only a few times ).  When my opponent plays (sometimes d6 or Nf6) my usual response is to simply push the pawns to e5 or d5.  It makes for more of a  subtle, quieter game.  Not my cup of tea.

  • #29

    I've been playing against the smith mora for a while now, allthough so far i seem to struggle a lot after i take his pawn on c3 at move 3. I hear people speak about free pawn, allthough for me it is'nt that clear how to defend against all the tactics. And so i'm asking if there is any theory available that succesfully defends the smith mora gambit after taking the pawn on c3. By succesfully i mean without white having missed any tactical shots. For me it seems that my best defense is to either give back a pawn and still white has the initiative or to never grab the pawn on c3 but play d5 instead and make use of the fact that his knight cant go to the c3 square. Offcourse i rather learn how to defend this free pawn up.

  • #30
    bleekveld wrote:

    I hear people speak about free pawn, allthough for me it is'nt that clear how to defend against all the tactics. And so i'm asking if there is any theory available that succesfully defends the smith mora gambit after taking the pawn on c3. By succesfully i mean without white having missed any tactical shots. For me it seems that my best defense is to either give back a pawn and still white has the initiative or to never grab the pawn on c3 but play d5 instead and make use of the fact that his knight cant go to the c3 square. Offcourse i rather learn how to defend this free pawn up.

    A good idea is: attack yourself! All you have to do is sacrifice a measly exchange...

    Objectively, after analysing for days with engine assistance, all I can say is that this position is complex, and unclear. Actually Black has scored two out of two here, but this is not enough.

    I do like Black, although I cannot really prove an advantage. What is absolutely sure, is that Morraheads did not have such positions in mind when playing 2.d4...

  • #31

    Morra Gambit is totally sound. I not only play it over the board but also online and get extremly good results with it. White gets plenty of comp for just the pawn and there are many tactics in his fsavour. Also there are multiple lines that black simply cant play!

    My best game in the smith-morra:

     



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