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Zaki Harari vs Maxim Rodshtein
Isle of Man Open (2017), Douglas IMN, rd 1, Sep-23
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Declined Push Variation (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-23-17  FSR: 72 (or 74) Bd5! is 1-0.
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  Marmot PFL: 2050 player almost beats GM with Morra Gambit.
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  cro777: A worthy result for a 70-year old untitled player, but he was winning in the final position:

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  cro777: "As Morra players worldwide thank Zaki Harari for having the courage to play it against Maxim Rodshtein and showing us all that it is playable." (Chess Club Live)
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  keypusher: <cro777> <As Morra players worldwide thank Zaki Harari for having the courage to play it against Maxim Rodshtein and showing us all that it is playable.>

1. One game can hardly do that, especially one in which Black immediately gives the pawn back.

2. Personally I prefer for my gambits to remain obscure and despised. :-)

Oct-01-17  Papagambit: Yes, 72. or 74.Bd5! wins easily, but 70.Qh6+ saves a tempo. The SMith Morra got the dance started, but Maroczy finished it! Venerable Ken Smith is smiling ;)
Jun-26-18  wrap99: Damn, he will be thinking about Bd5 for the rest of his life! Not too many people beat 2700 players; I am not sure I have ever seen one in person -- that used to be a rare rating indeed.
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