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Melvin J Young vs Christopher Briscoe
Hastings (2007/08), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0



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Jul-04-10  transpo: Jul-03-10 transpo: After 10.Bf4, "Now ECO says White has clear advantage", *(How To Defeat the Smith-Morra Gambit, IM Timothy Taylor, Chess Enterprises, 1993)Black played 10...Qb8?! **Much better is 10...Nh5!, "The shot! This move is not so hard to find if one thinks like an attacking player. Black hits the undefended B while moving his KN to the Kingside. Black opens the diagonal for his Q. Black intensifies the pin on the WKN.", Taylor, Chess Ent., 1993) White's options are 11.Be3 or 11.Bg5


**For analysis see game in this games collection: Natasha Regan vs Johnathan H. Hodgson, Lloyds Bank op 18th 1994

Jul-04-10  transpo: ps to note above



First note that the move by White Qe2 is normally his 8th move. In this game it is White's 7th move (7.Qe2). Rather than stealing Mr. Taylor's thunder, I simply refer the reader to his book for an explanation of this transposition of moves. Having read and studied his book, I can tell you that the transposition is of no game deciding consequence. It does not give White a winning position.

Second is the critical juncture after White's 9.Rd1. In this game Black chose 9...Qb8!?. Qb8!? eliminates the possibility of ...Qf6 which along with ...Ne5 will lead to the demolition of White's castled position. Much better is 9...e6, as Mr. Taylor notes, "...By blocking the WKB Black creates a real threat of 10...Ne5...","...(disastrous would be 9...Ne5?? 10.Ne5!Be2 11.Bf7 Mate)...", Taylor, Chess Ent.,1993,pg.58

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