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The Smith-Morra is a very aggressive weapon against the Sicilian. More often than not it will take black player by surprise.

The Yugoslav Grandmaster Matulovic was a great exponent of this Gambit. Ken Smith and Graham Burgess recommend it..............

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Nxc3 Nc6 6.Bc4

Black has to be careful. Normal development of his King's knight gets black into trouble

6...Nf6 ?
6...e6
FIG. 2


Table of Contents

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6(or Nc6) 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Nxc3 Nc6 6.Bc4

6...e6
6...Nf6 7.e5 Nxe5
6...Nf6 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 f6 9.O-O
6...Nf6 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 f6 9.Bf4
6...Nf6 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 Bxe6
6...Nf6 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 fxe6
6...Nf6 7.e5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Nxd8 9.Nb5 Kd7
6...Nf6 7.e5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Nxd8 9.Nb5 Rb8 10.Nxe5 e6 11.Nxa7
6...Nf6 7.e5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Nxd8 9.Nb5 Rb8 10.Nxe5 e6 11.Nxc7+
6...Nf6 7.e5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8
6...Nf6 7.e5 d5 8.Bb3
6...Nf6 7.e5 d5 8.Nxd5