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Introduction to the Morra Smith Gambit against the Sicilian

The Morra Smith although not very popular at Grandmaster level, probably because it is thought to be unsound, is still arguably a highly effective weapon at club level chess. It is arguably the most dangerous gambit against the Sicilian defence, with the Wing's gambit (b4) coming second. White can often reach a very comfortable positions.

Starting Position

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The Smith-Morra is a highly aggressive approach against the Sicilian defence, which has the following practical advantages:-

It can take the black player by surprise

It can give White a lasting initiative

It is fun to play!

For beginning to intermediate players, playing gambits like this is an excellent way of developing tactics, and attacking skills!

By offering the c pawn, White hopes to develop the Queen's knight rapidly, and generally develop other pieces quickly.

Video about the Morra Smith Gambit:



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Brazil
Sat Nov 16 2013 6:46PM | edited: 6:48:15 | MsgID: 16955632


Interesting.

After 2.b4, I like the waiting idea 2.b6.


In the example below, after 3.Bb2 Bb7 4.Bc4 Bxe4 5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qg4

Naser and comp are playing 7...Nf6.

The game followed:

7.Qg4 Nf6 8.Bxf6 exf6 9.Qxe4 Qe7








Analyse position



9...Qe7 is a drawish move, better is 9...d5! 10.Qf3 Nc6 and Black is fine.








Analyse position



Interesting attempt I'm checking is 7....Bf5!? 8.Qf3 Bg7!








Analyse position



9.Bxg7 Kxg7 and if 10.Qxa8 Qc7! and White seems lost, what to play?

The treats are Nc6 closing the White Queen and Qe5+.








Analyse position








Khadzh Khamed,Naser
vs.
Rotaenko,Petr

2004, [Click:3 Memory Y.Sakharov (open)] - Round 2, Kyiv, ECO [Click: B20]

Sicilian defence

1.e4 c5 2.b4 b6 3.Bb2 Bb7 4.Bc4 Bxe4 5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qg4 Nf6 8.Bxf6 exf6 9.Qxe4 Qe7 10.Qxe7+ Bxe7 11.bxc5 Bxc5 12.Ne2 Re8 13.c3 Nc6 14.a4 Re7 15.d4 Bd6 16.Ra2 Rae8 17.f3 h5 18.Kf2 Na5 19.g3 Nc4 20.Re1 Ne3 21.Rg1 h4 22.Nc1 hxg3+ 23.hxg3 Rh8 24.f4 Rh2+ 25.Kf3 Nc2 26.Rxc2 Rxc2 0-1



Nebukadnezar

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Germany
Sat Mar 23 2013 7:08AM | edited: 9:25:03 | MsgID: 16335739


I agree with everything being said about the Morra, but .. the reason why I would recommend the Wings Gambit is that after







Analyse position


Black could now decide to sidestep all further complications by simply playing 3...d5 or 3...Nf6 , ending in well known variants and sub-lines of the 2.c3 defence. He could even strive for a rather comfortable hedgehog by playing 3...d3 !

White's attempt to pursue a biting pace would simply peter out and he will find himself in best-known positions and lines of the 2.c3 defence .

That is the reason why I recommend the Wing Gambit -- after 1.e4 c5 2.b4 , Black has to accept it and cannot choose any other harmless continuation .








Analyse position


The Sicilian Wing Gambit is one of the numerous attempts by White not only to escape the myriads of lines and sub-lines in the standard Sicilian but also to catch out Black from the very beginning . In most cases White gets an accelerated development and a central superiority as , if Black takes on b4 , Whites' d-pawn cannot be taken if advancing to d4 .

This gambit is rarely played in high level OTB or in CC , the reason being that Black is supposed to have an easy defence. In the hands of a high rated and very skilled attacking specialist (as White) however, this gambit could turn out very dangerous and insidious .





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Scotland
Fri Mar 22 2013 11:10PM | MsgID: 16335200


Oops! Was Black hamstrung?? What about the active !!! continuation for Black? 1e4 c5 2d4 c4 3c3 d5Which deserves some note cf my game against Lucy 6M, who posted on thid forum. (Sorry Lucy 6M but your Morra is so yesterday's news



Lucy6M





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United Kingdom
Wed Jul 8 2009 4:17AM | MsgID: 11653080


I have to agree wholeheartedly on the Smith-Morra helping to develp tactics. Its a great attacking opening, which sets the pace with the inital sacrifice, and I've had lots of success with it.
Black's queen is often consigned to a relatively defensive role. Trying to enter the fray too early can be most costly. This is my game v Azazael.

[[1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.a4 Nc6 7.Bc4 Qc7 8.O-O Bc5 9.Re1 Nf6 10.Be3 Bxe3 11.Rxe3 Na5 12.Ba2 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Qxc4 14.e5 Ng8 15.Ne4 Qd5 16.Nd6+ Kf8 17.Qc1 Ne7 18.Qc7 Nc6 19.Nxc8 g6 20.Nb6 Qa5 21.b4 Qxb4 22.Nxa8 Kg7 23.Nb6 Qe7 24.Rd1 Qb4 25.Rxd7 Rf8 26.h3 h6 27.Qxb7 Nd8 28.Qxa6 Qb1+ 29.Re1 Qb4 30.Rd4 Qb3 31.Nd7 1-0]]

Anyone who tires of the standard Sicilian games should take a good look at the Smith-Morra.



Playable game scores in this posting
Playable game #1






kingscrusher





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United Kingdom
Mon Jun 22 2009 12:12PM | edited: 12:13:02 | MsgID: 11574938


The Morra Smith although not very popular at Grandmaster level, probably because it is thought to be unsound, is still arguably a highly effective weapon at club level chess. It is arguably the most dangerous gambit against the Sicilian defence, with the Wing's gambit (b4) coming second. White can often reach a very comfortable positions.

Starting Position








Analyse position



The Smith-Morra is a highly aggressive approach against the Sicilian defence, which has the following practical advantages:-

It can take the black player by surprise

It can give White a lasting initiative

It is fun to play!

For beginning to intermediate players, playing gambits like this is an excellent way of developing tactics, and attacking skills!

By offering the c pawn, White hopes to develop the Queen's knight rapidly, and generally develop other pieces quickly.

Video about the Morra Smith Gambit: