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Re: Mayhem in the Morra and The Modern Morra Gambit
Reply #3 - 11/09/21 at 00:58:33
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Re: Mayhem in the Morra and The Modern Morra Gambit
Reply #2 - 12/16/13 at 03:21:25
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Mtal wrote on 12/10/13 at 15:31:28:
Hi all,

I was wonder, for those of you who have both books, do they compliment each other?

I just started on Mayhem in the Morra and I like it. The only thing is that in the first chapter the main line seems to end in a forced draw in the siberian trap. Does Langrock give other options (and same goes for other lines) or is Essermans book up todate and I can save my money? Thanks.


Yes and no. Esserman's book is more of a repertoire book, while Langrock's is a more comprehensive guide. Esserman's book has more illustrative games but I think Langrock's is more thorough (though he doesn't consider the Alapin, which Esserman does, though I'd still prefer a specialist Alapin book for 3...Nf6). In some cases the coverage does overlap but I think there are enough different ideas in both to make the purchase of both books worthwhile, if you're that serious about playing the Morra. It's also probably true that you can do well just with Esserman as a guide for now.

From memory Esserman offers plenty of alternatives to the draw by repetition in Chapter 1, and in any case the chances of the opponent remembering 25 moves to get a draw (not to mention all the alternatives by White) are quite low. I think the main problem for White is the Taylor Defence, where Langrock's coverage is also quite good (I haven't closely compared the two texts here).

Going a little off-topic here, but I've always wondered why Morra devotees don't also play the 2.c3 Sicilian given that you have to know most of the Alapin variations to play the Morra anyway. So Sveshnikov's book on the 2.c3 Sicilian could also be worth getting for his expertise on these positions. Against 3...Nf6 Esserman's line is completely harmless if Black is prepared, but titled players have played poorly against his recommendation in blitz against me, so it has sting in a fast game at least.
  

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Re: Mayhem in the Morra and The Modern Morra Gambit
Reply #1 - 12/16/13 at 02:46:43
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Mayhem in the Morra and The Modern Morra Gambit
12/10/13 at 15:31:28
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Hi all,

I was wonder, for those of you who have both books, do they compliment each other?

I just started on Mayhem in the Morra and I like it. The only thing is that in the first chapter the main line seems to end in a forced draw in the siberian trap. Does Langrock give other options (and same goes for other lines) or is Essermans book up todate and I can save my money? Thanks.
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