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Old July 1st 04, 10:42 PM
Samik
 
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Default Smith Morra revisited: analysis needed

People (including many in this forum) keep saying that the
Smith Morra gambit is unsound, but my practical experience sayst
that its very effective. Here is a game I lost defending against
the Smith Morra (and I played a line recommended by BCO)...
Admittedly I made some weak tactical moves, but even otherwise
White was too much ahead in development and tempi.
I would be grateful if somebody can analyse where I went wrong.

1)e4 c5 2)d4 cd 3)c3 dc 4)Nc3 d6 5)Bc4 e6 6)Bf4 a6 (too many
Pawn moves, but what else could I do ?) 7)Nf3 Nc6 8)00 Be7
9)Qd2 Na5 10) Be2 e5 11)Be3 Be6 12)Na4 Nc4 13)Bc4 Bc4 14)Rfc1
Be6 15)Nb6! Rb8 16)Rc2 Nf6 17)Ng5 Ng4 ! 18)Ne6 fe 19)Rac1 00
20)Rc8 Rc8 21)Rc8 Qc8 22)Nc8 Rc8 23)Bb6 Rc6
and soon 1-0
Its because of games like this that I decided to decline the
Smith Morra in future .
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Old July 4th 04, 07:03 PM
Oliver Maas
 
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Default Smith Morra revisited: analysis needed

Hi,

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Bc4 e6 6.Bf4 a6
looks ok for Black so far
7.Nf3 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qd2 Na5!?
maybe itīs better to complete kingside development [9...Nf6 10.Rac1 e5
11.Bg5 0-0]
10.Be2 e5 11.Be3 Be6 12.Na4 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Bxc4 14.Rfc1 Be6 15.Nb6 Rb8 16.Rc2
Nf6 17.Ng5 Ng4?!
this move looks a little doubtful to me [17...0-0 and Black is ok 18.Rac1
Nxe4 19.Nxe4 f5!]
18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Rac1 0-0 20.Rc8 Rxc8 21.Rxc8 Qxc8 22.Nxc8 Rxc8 23.Bb6 Rc6
even this position is only slight white advantage in my opinion

I think with earlier kingside development, Black should not have any
problems in this line.

regards

Oliver




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Old July 6th 04, 07:23 PM
Mike Ogush
 
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Default Smith Morra revisited: analysis needed

On Sun, 4 Jul 2004 20:03:13 +0200, "Oliver Maas"
wrote:

Hi,

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Bc4 e6 6.Bf4 a6
looks ok for Black so far
7.Nf3 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qd2


9.Qe2 is more usual. If that were played the game would proabably
have ended up in one of the main lines of the Smith Morra.

Na5!?
maybe itīs better to complete kingside development [9...Nf6 10.Rac1 e5
11.Bg5 0-0]


I would state more strongly that 9...Na5 is either an outright mistake
or at least a dubious move because if White follows up correctly (see
notes to White's 12th move) he can show that the the knight is
misplaced and get an advantage.

After 9...Nf6 10.Rac1 Black can simply play 10...O-O {There is no need
to play 10...e5 (which weakens the d5-square) until provoked}.
11.Rfd1 b5 and after either 12.Bb3 Na5 13.Bxd6 Bxd6 14.Qxd6 Qxd6
15.Rxd6 b4 16.Ne2 Nxb3 17.axb3 Nxe4 -/+ or 12.Bd3 b4 13.Ne2 Bb7 14.a3
bxa3 15.bxa3 Rc8 =/+ White does not have enough compensation for the
pawn.

10.Be2 e5 11.Be3 Be6 12.Na4?!


Allows Black to equalize (or better).

Better was 12.Nd5! Nxd5 {This is pretty much forced because of the
threat of 13.Bb6} 13.exd5 b5 {Also forced since other replies allow
14.b4 winning the Na5} 14.Rfc1 {so that after 15.b4 Nc4 loses a pawn
to 16.Bxc4 bxc4 17.Rxc4}

Here Black faces two choices
i) pushing the f-pawn and then deveoping the knight to f6: 14...f5
15.Ng5 {threat: 16.Ne6} 15...Bxg5 16.Bxg5 Nf6 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.b4 Nc4
(or 18...Nb7 19.Qh6 Qe7 20.a4 bxa4 21.Rxa4 +- White is winning
because Black will lose the pawn at a6. Afterwards Black cannot
defend against White's promotion of the b-pawn because his pieces are
placed poorly; especially the Nb7)
19.Bc4 bxc4 20.Rxc4 f4 {to keep the Rc4 from transferring to the
king-side} 21.Qe2 O-O 22.Rc6 +/- {What has a trong advantage due to
his control of the c-file and the fact that he will either win the
pawn at a6 or obtain a passed pawn at b5. Also Black's king is not
especially safe because most of his pawn cover is gone.}

OR
ii)developing the knight first and keeping better pawn cover for the
king once casteled: 14...Nf6 15.b4 Nb7
(or 15...Nc4 16.Bxc4 bxc4 17.Rxc4 Rc8 18.Bb6 Qd7 19.Rxc8 Qxc8 20.Rc1
Qb7 21.Rc6 +/= material is equal and White has strong pressure on the
queen-side)
16.a4 bxa4 17.Rax4 O-O 18.Rca1 Qd7 19.Bxa6 +/- Once again White has
strong pressure on the queen-side.

In the above variations either White restores material equality with
positional advantage or has a strong attack which more than
compensates for the pawn minus.

Nc4 13.Bxc4 Bxc4 14.Rfc1 Be6 15.Nb6 Rb8 16.Rc2
Nf6 17.Ng5 Ng4?!
this move looks a little doubtful to me [17...0-0 and Black is ok 18.Rac1
Nxe4 19.Nxe4 f5!]


Also after 17...O-O 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.f3 d5! {threatening 20...d4 and
wining the knight} 20.Qa5 Bd6 { creating a flight square at e7 for the
queen in case of Rac1 and Rc8} 21.Rac1 dxe4 -/+

18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Rac1 0-0 20.Rc8 Rxc8 21.Rxc8 Qxc8 22.Nxc8 Rxc8 23.Bb6 Rc6
even this position is only slight white advantage in my opinion


I think that White may eventually be able to get in a breaking move
and be able to penetrate with the queen, but I think that if Black
puts up a good fight that breakthrough will not happen for many moves.
Therefore I was surprised when the orginal poster said that Black lost
after a few moves from the position. I'd be interested in seeing the
rest of the game.

I think with earlier kingside development, Black should not have any
problems in this line.

regards

Oliver


In the Smith Morra Gambit white gives a pawn for faster development.
Most of the lines said to equalize, require Black to prevent White
from massing an attack (generally on the king-side) and to catch up in
development while holding on to the extra pawn. In most of these
lines as with a normal open Sicilian every tempo counts. So, wasting
time moving a piece twice in the opening (...Na5) is not a good idea
and should have led to a White advantage. As Oliver said it is better
to develop the king-side, get castled and develop the rest of your
pieces to good squares.

Mike Ogush


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