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Why masters avoid the Morra gambit



 
 
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Old August 6th 03, 10:51 AM
Dc Gentle
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Default Why masters avoid the Morra gambit


The Morra gambit has a bad reputation, I know it
has been discussed in this group extensively.

These are some lines which are good for Black
apparently:

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 a6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 b5 7. Bb3 Bb7
8. Qe2 d6 9. O-O Nd7 10. Rd1 Ngf6 11. Bf4 b4
{looks pretty good for Black, doesn't it?}
*

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. O-O
Nc6 8. Qe2 a6 9. Rd1 Bd7 10. Bf4 e5 11. Be3 Nf6 12. Rd2
{White might be able to reach a draw here}
*

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 e6 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bb4 7. O-O
Nge7
{And White has problems to continue successfully}
*

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. O-O
Be7 8. Qe2 a6 9. Rd1 b5 10. Bb3 Nbd7
{This variant is known as the Finegold defense,
which is claimed to be very successful against
the Morra gambit.}
*

Most likely these lines cause people to avoid the Morra.
Are there any other lines (besides the Main variant)
White has to be aware of if he really dares to play this gambit?
Just curious.

DC.




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Old August 6th 03, 04:22 PM
Looney
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Default Why masters avoid the Morra gambit


"Dc Gentle" wrote in message
...

The Morra gambit has a bad reputation, I know it
has been discussed in this group extensively.

These are some lines which are good for Black
apparently:

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 a6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 b5 7. Bb3 Bb7
8. Qe2 d6 9. O-O Nd7 10. Rd1 Ngf6 11. Bf4 b4
{looks pretty good for Black, doesn't it?}
*

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. O-O
Nc6 8. Qe2 a6 9. Rd1 Bd7 10. Bf4 e5 11. Be3 Nf6 12. Rd2
{White might be able to reach a draw here}
*

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 e6 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bb4 7. O-O
Nge7
{And White has problems to continue successfully}
*

[Event "Morra gambit-Variant"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B21"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. O-O
Be7 8. Qe2 a6 9. Rd1 b5 10. Bb3 Nbd7
{This variant is known as the Finegold defense,
which is claimed to be very successful against
the Morra gambit.}
*

Most likely these lines cause people to avoid the Morra.
Are there any other lines (besides the Main variant)
White has to be aware of if he really dares to play this gambit?
Just curious.


The declined with 3..., d5 can be a pain for white...

--
Looney
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Old August 7th 03, 10:46 AM
Dc Gentle
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Default Why masters avoid the Morra gambit

Thanks for your answers.

The Morra gambit is theoretically inferior for white?

*hmmm* Ok, now here there comes the surprise:

I challenge anyone reading this message for
a (computer aided) E-mail game, where I
will play the white site of the Morra.
So it's your move after: 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3.
I'll use my old Pentium, you can use which machine
you want and I don't care if you ask the next GM
in the neighborhood for advice.
Let's say 3 days per move? Or only 1 day?
I am open for suggestions.

No, I am not crazy, I want to win, and let's hope
for a good fight.

DC.



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Old August 9th 03, 01:16 AM
Jack Rudd
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Default Why masters avoid the Morra gambit

"Dc Gentle" wrote in message .. .
Thanks for your answers.

The Morra gambit is theoretically inferior for white?

*hmmm* Ok, now here there comes the surprise:

I challenge anyone reading this message for
a (computer aided) E-mail game, where I
will play the white site of the Morra.
So it's your move after: 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3.


I'll play it, but on the newsgroup rather than on e-mail is my preference.

3...dxc3.

Jack Rudd

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Old August 12th 03, 08:47 PM
Antonio Rodrigues
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Default Why masters avoid the Morra gambit


"Jack Rudd" escreveu na mensagem
om...
"Dc Gentle" wrote in message

.. .
Thanks for your answers.

The Morra gambit is theoretically inferior for white?

*hmmm* Ok, now here there comes the surprise:

I challenge anyone reading this message for
a (computer aided) E-mail game, where I
will play the white site of the Morra.
So it's your move after: 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3.


I'll play it, but on the newsgroup rather than on e-mail is my preference.

3...dxc3.

Jack Rudd


I would like to see the game as it goes. if u are playing by mail please
send a copy to


ARodrigues


 




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