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Graeme Spain vs Leonard J McLaren
New Zealand Championship (2008), Auckland, rd 7, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-24-10  transpo: See
"How to defeat the Smith-Morra Gambit:
6...a6, IM Timothy Taylor, Chess Ent.,1993, pg.101"

Jul-25-10  transpo: After 7...Nf6, White played 8.Bxf6. Another interesting choice and more in keeping with the spirit of the Smith-Morra Gambit is 8.e5 sacrficing yet another pawn for the attack. One important factor, and maybe sufficient compensation for the sacrificed e-pawn in this position is that, "...White can still castle Queenside. We can see this point in the variation 8.e5!? de5 9.Qd8+ Nd8 10.Ne5 e6 11.0-0-0...",and "...Certainly White is more active..., but does have enough for the pawn?...", Taylor, pg. 102
Jul-25-10  transpo: Continuing with the 8.e5!? variation, "...on the 9h move 'Black' can vary with 9...Kd8!? This move in turn tries to take advantage of the small differences in position created by White's replacing of 0-0 with Bg5...If White plays 10.Bf7 then 10...e6 ties up the WKB and appears to force an eventual exchange on f6, reuniting Black's pawns. This line looks good for Black - but one must remember that these variations are all uncharted territory...", Taylor, pg.103.
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