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Marc Esserman vs Thomas J Bartell
USA tt (2009), ICC INT, rd 4, Sep-21
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Scheveningen Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Esserman is the God of the Smith-Morra.
Feb-18-13  luffyzanderssen: Esserman's helping me find a lot of nice tricks and inspiration in the morra, but I can't help to also feel that he's also ruining the free ride that it's had up 'till now, what with guys not taking it very seriously and many of the best lines and games not showing up in popular reference materials.

I want guys to keep saying, "Oh, you play the Smith-Moron gambit!?" It makes it a lot tougher and a lot less fun for me when guys don't accept it AND they actually STUDY the lines!

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  gambitfan: 1) +8.19 (24 ply) 27...♘d7 28.♖xa8 axb4 29.♗e6 g6 30.♗xd7 ♔g7 31.♗xb5 ♘e6 32.♖a7+ ♔f8 33.axb4 ♘xg5 34.♔f2 ♘e4+ 35.♔e3 ♘f6 36.♗c4 ♔e8 37.b5 ♘d7 38.♗e6 ♘c5 39.♗d5 h6 40.b6 ♔d8 41.♖g7 g5 42.♖h7 ♘d7 43.♖xh6 ♘xb6 44.♖xb6 g4 45.♔e4
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  gambitfan: I do not understand 19. ... Bd6xBc5 giving the Queen... ???

Stockfish gives 1) +0.57 (22 ply) 19...♘c6 20.♖xd6 ♕c7 21.♗a2 ♘e7 22.♖cd1 ♘g6 23.♗b3 ♖fc8 24.♕c2 a5 25.♕f5 axb4 26.♗xb4 ♖e8 27.♖d7 ♘xd7 28.♗xf7+ ♔h8 29.♗xe8 ♖xe8 30.♕xd7 ♕xd7 31.♖xd7 ♘f4 32.h3

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