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Marc Esserman vs Justin Sarkar
Miami op (2008), Miami, FL USA, rd 3, Sep-11
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Kan Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: A remarkable 16-move crush of an IM.
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  perfidious: <FSR> A second encounter was less one-sided (M Esserman vs J Sarkar, 2008), as Black was in control before he misplayed the endgame.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, Esserman was quite lucky to escape in that game. In addition to White being a pawn down for nothing, his bishop on h6 was ghastly.
Jul-20-13  goldfarbdj: White to play at move 16 might make a good Wednesday puzzle.
May-19-16  bobbyperez: Engines'evaluation is =0.04 so morra is the strongest anti sicilian!But my evaluation is
Aug-20-16  bobbyperez: nd5 sac is powerfully,incredibly,and undoubtly strong,actually in the killer smith-morra gambit!
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  kingscrusher: 10.Re1 needs exploring - not a misprint by me - and I had to have a few minutes to take it in :

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. ± (1.46): 10.Re1 dxe4 11.Ne5 Bc5 12.Nxf7 Qb6 13.Be3 Bxe3 14.Rxe3 Nf6 15.Nxh8 d5 16.g4 Nbd7 17.g5 Kf8 18.Rg3 Kg8 19.gxf6 Nxf6 20.Ng6 hxg6 21.Rxg6 Rf8 22.Qd2 Rf7 23.Qe3 Qd6 24.Rd1

I am not being funny but every time I analyse this gambit with the latest engines, funny stuff turns up. I used some analysis to get a +9 advantage recently vs a Russian GM on lichess who since that game has not been playing the Sicilian defence against me.

There are a lot of unexplored amazing tactical resources that haven't been played in OTB chess just yet.

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. ± (1.41): 10...Bd6 11.Ng5 h6 12.exd5+ Kf8 13.Ne4 Be5 14.Nc5 d6 15.Nxb7 Qc7 16.Rxe5 dxe5 17.Be3 Qxb7 18.Bc5+ Ke8 19.Ba4+ Nd7 20.Qg4 Rc8 21.Bd6 Ne7 22.Qxg7 Ng6 23.Rd1 e4 24.h4 Qb6 25.Bg3

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  kingscrusher: My blog post about an Opening Novelty (TN) discovery here:

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