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Miles Rich vs Philip J Makepeace
British Championship (2010), Canterbury ENG, rd 5, Jul-30
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Declined Dubois Variation (B21)  ·  1-0



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Aug-02-10  ounos: I see some puzzle-like variations after 29. ...Nxd5(?), can you spot them? :)
Aug-02-10  ILoveFruits: make love...
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  Gilmoy: <ounos: 29..Nxd5: Q sees d7!!> 30.Nh7+ Kg8 31.Nf6+ <Δ#!> Kf8[] 32.Nd7+ Kg8 33.Q(h7,h8)#.
Aug-03-10  ounos: Thanks Gilmoy! I wasn't that precise, but I liked the looks of 30. Ne6+ (30. ...fxe6 31. fxe6+ and RxN somewhere, or 30. ...Rxe6 31. fxe6 looks menacing, but Nf4 is troubling).
Aug-03-10  transpo: transpo: Why not just accept the gambit?:

1.e4 c5
2.d4 cxd4
3.c3 dxc3
4.Nxc3 Nc6
5.Nf6 d6
6.Bc4 a6

Pick a move after 6...a6 or if you prefer after 3...dxc3

I just don't understand what Black's reasoning is in turning down the gambit pawn,and in the process making the move 3...d3 (a total waste of tempo), and handing White the Maroczy bind after 4.c4. When with 3...dxc3 Black has a pawn in hand, a 2 pawn vs. 1 pawn center majority, a 5 vs. 4 pawn majority on the kingside, and by knowing the 6...a6 system on how to defeat the Smith-Morra; he can with modest effort overcome White's temporary time advantage in development while keeping the gambit pawn material advantage (which coincidentally is a more permanent advantage)and if, and when the position calls for it, later on, he can return the pawn for another advantage(s).

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