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Peter Baran vs Ondrej Vacek
SVK-chT3C 9900 (2000)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1



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May-21-08  aazqua: Ouch. That's just a spanking.
Sep-02-10  technical draw: 9.h3?? I'm playing the exact same game at it's my opponents 9th move. Fingers crossed for 9.h3??....
Sep-03-10  transpo: In the Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted variations move order is critical. In the game above after 5.Nf3 Black played 5...e6!?. The best response is 5...d6; and then if 6.Bc4 a6. The main problem with 5...e6!? is that it blocks the c8-h3 diagonal which Black needs open for his c8 Bishop in case White plays Qe2 to then play ...Bg4. Note that after Qe2, the usual counter to ...Bg4 Qb3 with an attack on b7 and f7 simultaneously, is NOT possible.
Sep-03-10  technical draw: It becomes academic now since my opponent did not play 9.h3?? but 9.Nb5. I should not expect a blunder from him since he is about 300 rating points above me.
Sep-03-10  transpo: Note that after 6.Bc4 if you had played 6...a6, 9.Nb5 would not be possible. I am sorry I cannot give you any advice because it seems that the game you are playing is currently not concluded. But, for future games that you find yourself facing the Smith-Morra gambit as Black click on the following:

It is an excellent book written by IM Timothy Taylor titled, "How to defeat the Smith-Morra Gambit: 6...a6. It is only 111 pages, but it contains the best analysis to defeat White if he opts for the Smith-Morra.

Sep-03-10  technical draw: Thanks for that link <transpo>. This particular opponent has already beaten me once with this gambit and he's on his way to another. I'll check it out.
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  Robed.Bishop: transpo strikes again on the Smith-Morra. Now wouldn't it be ironic if technical draw was playing transpo...
Sep-04-10  technical draw: <Now wouldn't it be ironic if technical draw was playing transpo...>

Could be if transpo is a science fiction writer from Argentina.

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  Robed.Bishop: Wait a minute, I'm a science fiction writer from Argentina!
Sep-07-10  transpo: <Robed.Bishop>Isn't that ironic. What a coincidence! But, then everyone 12yrs. and under knows that the opposite of 'irony' is 'wrinkly'.
Sep-07-10  technical draw: < Wait a minute, I'm a science fiction writer from Argentina!>

This is getting scary.

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  Robed.Bishop: <transpo> Thanks again for your comments on the Smith-Morra.
Sep-07-10  transpo: Your welcome. I don't recommend anything unless I use it myself because I see the good sense of it.
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