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Kamran G Shirazi vs Christov Kleijn
Cappelle la Grande (2006), Cappelle la Grande FRA, rd 7, Feb-23
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Classical Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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Jun-13-07  raskerino: On move 13.Bxe5 dxe5 14.Nxb5 axb5 15 Qxb5+ Ke7 16. Nxe5 wins because after Qxe5 17.Qxb7 picks up the rook
Jun-13-07  efrain chavez: Nice to see this particular gambit played in modern chess practice.
Dec-15-08  notyetagm: <efrain chavez: Nice to see this particular gambit played in modern chess practice.>

6 ... a7-a6!?

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6 ... a7-a6!? is one of the strongest Black defenses to the <Smith-Morra Gambit>.

This game is a rare White win in this variation.

Dec-15-08  notyetagm: 25 ?

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25 e6-e7!

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25 e6-e7! and the <FIRST AND SECOND RANK TRICK> strikes again!

The nasty tactical point of the *wicked* 25 e6-e7! is that the Black d8-queen is <OVERWORKED>, having to <DEFEND> the Black a8-rook to meet the threat of ♕X♖ while also <DEFENDING> the e7-forking square of the White e6-pawn.

And note that, obviously, the Black e8-king does not <DEFEND> the e7-square because the king cannot capture on a defended square.

Aug-05-09  raskerino: Not sure what I was talking about in my above variation. Bit silly.
Nov-03-11  transpo: After 9.Bb3 Black should opt for the Chicago defense by playing 9...Ra7, ...Rd7, ...Bb7
Nov-03-11  Shams: <transpo> Interesting; I play the immediate 3...e6, 4...a6, 5...b5 and 6...Bb7 but after seeing our own Phony Benoni go down in flames... (D Moody vs Nakamura, 1999)

...I've been wondering about the early rook transfer. I also note that Nakamura plays his knight to c6 and not d7.

Why is this called the "Chicago defense"?

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  andrewjsacks: 25.e7 has high humor value.
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  andrewjsacks: We were lucky to have the inimitable Shirazi in Southern California for several years in the early '80s. He is one of a kind.
Nov-03-11  Shams: <andrewjsacks> Are you saying he had a nice attack, notes of plum and cranberry and a pleasing finish?
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  andrewjsacks: Shams, you have a poet within you.
Nov-03-11  Shams: <andrew> I should probably keep him there.
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