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Joseph L Shipman vs Louis A Mercuri
Harvard Futurity (1987), Cambridge, rd 8
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Paulsen Formation (B21)  ·  1-0
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Nov-24-06  jedrus07: This is a great example of opening of the day and the way, that white should handle this :) I really like the ending blow :)
Jun-01-11
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  perfidious: The choice of opening could hardly have been anything else, as White always played the Morra Gambit and his opponent most often played the Sicilian.

For all Black's erudition in the openings (for which he was well known), he got himself in hot water very quickly in this one, and White obtained a strong attack.

In lieu of Mercuri's losing 21....Rb4, he had to play 21....exf4, after which I don't see any win for White. His best course is to head straight for a perpetual with 23.Rh3 h6 24.Qg6 Kf8 25.Rxh6. Time trouble may well have been a factor, but I don't remember.

Jun-01-11  sevenseaman: Off hand, this looks a red hot hammering of the Sicilian but as <perfidious> observes 21...Rb4 was not well considered.

Mercuri was trying to grab the tail of the alligator while its jaws were closing in on the K side; the N on f4 needed to be liquidated.

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