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Harris vs Jeremy Silman
ENG (1978)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Classical Formation (B21)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: Silman's 28...Rc3!! is a pretty finishing shot, combining double attack, deflection and a Knight Fork threat to compel White's resignation.
Jul-18-05  bpdoc: Did white not miss the chance to take Black's Queen with 22.Bb3?
Jul-18-05  chrismiceli: My guess, if 22.Bb3 then 22...Nd4. The knight will be able to chase the queen to force an exchange.
Jul-18-05  InitiativeCheck: Refutation of my beloved Smith-Morra? I love this attack as White but I cringe at the sight of this game.
Jul-18-05  MarkN: whats with white giving up so many pawns throughtout the game? i know the opening is like that, but what about moves 18 and 19?
Jul-30-05  Chess Addict: I think that White wants to seek active play against Black, but forgot all about his own pawns!
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  Averageguy: A neat finish. White loses the his queen to the knight fork after 29.Qxc3 Ne2+
Sep-30-05  blackjacki2: Considering black's knight is pinned to his queen, wouldn't the exchange be an even one?
Oct-15-05  InitiativeCheck: <blackjacki2> Yes, trading down to a lost endgame.
Oct-27-05  blingice: Harris is awful.
Dec-20-05  barefootin: Wow. This looks crisp against the Morra! Has this ever been refuted in the pamphlets? I don't see how one
could talk of a 'refutation' since
Black's moves are all very natural
developing moves in the opening. If White ever plays h3, you just go into Gligorich's ...e5! Looks tough to beat.
Dec-20-05  barefootin: Taking care to defuse Ng5 first, of course.
May-20-07  Paladin88doug: well I must agree, Silman laid some smack down here! I love those pacing queen and mouse I guess...gets him right where he wants him and POW!
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  sleepyirv: <Averageguy> Isn't 29.Qxc3 Ne2+ 30.Kf1 Nxc3 31.Rxd6 okay for White?
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  popski: sleepyirv: <Averageguy> Isn't 29.Qxc3 Ne2+ 30.Kf1 Nxc3 31.Rxd6 okay for White?

Actually it is, but black is still two connected pawns up: 29.♕xc3 ♘e2+ 30.♔f1 ♘xc3 31.♖xd6 ♖xd6

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Jul-04-10  transpo: For a more complete analysis of this game and the whole Smith-Morra Gambit click on the following:

Dec-15-10  misha1992: Silman! White just forced Silman to take his pawns! Great finish of the win!
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  OhioChessFan: "Never fear, Smith-Morra is here."
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