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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.
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 .
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 .
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
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.
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.