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Re: Question about Smith Morra like gambit
Reply #1 - 05/18/06 at 02:14:56
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This line is not worth the effort, neither for White nor for Black; it simply does not happen. After 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nf3/4.Bc4 Black can just continue, as after 4.Nxc3. After eg 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 d6 6.o-o e6 White very quickly runs out of useful moves and has to transpose with x.Nxc3.
If you insist, then Palkovi gives 4.Nf3 (4.Bc4) cxb2 5.Bxb2 e6 6.Bc4 (6.Nf3) Bb4+ 7.Nbd2 (7.Nc3 Ne7 8.o-o o-o -+) Nf6 8.o-o o-o -+.

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Question about Smith Morra like gambit
05/17/06 at 23:44:51
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I have a question about an interesting (though almost definately unsound) gambit I encountered in an internet game.  Here is the move order:

1. e4 c5
2. d4 cxd4
3. c3 dxc3
4. Bc4 cxb2
5. Bxb2

This starts out like a Smith Morra but deviates in the last few moves.  This looks like it is unsound, but I would still like to know if there is any refutation for it.  I know that it's possible for black to transpose into the Alapin at move 3, but I don't want to do it just to avoid this line.  I'm only a 1400-ish player and I have recently started to play the sicilian because it looks like an opening I won't have to discard in the long run.  I usually try to get a najdorf setup if possible. 

I couldn't find very much about this line in databases and Fritz recommends just taking the pawns.  I also saw a Bill Wall game where he used this opening. 

In any case, I would appreciate any input on how to handle this line.
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