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Rodney Malpert vs Dimitri Borisovich Gurevich
Pittsburgh (1992)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-15-10  transpo: After 5.Nf6, instead of 5...e6!?, much better is 5...d6. 5...e6!? seals the c8-h3 diagonal which the Black Bishop needs to play Bg4 when White plays Qe2. Note that White's normal response to Bg4, Qb3 which simultaneously attacks b7 and f7, is NOT possible after Qe2. In the game White played 6.Bc4 and Black replied 6...Qc7!?, much better is the prophylactic 6...a6, which denies White's pieces, especially the Knight, access to the square b5. Another drawback to Qc7 is that White's rapid development includes the thematic moves R(a)c1 and R(f)d1 placing the Black Queen in harm's way. Next White played 7.0-0 and Black responded 7...Nf6. In the accepted variations of the Smith-Morra move order is critical. Black must never move Nf6 prior to playing a6, because of the initial attack by White that usually begins with e5.
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