Morra Gambit – Part 5

Sample game # 4

Black could try to develop its Queenside bishop after a6 and b5.

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 a6

Black is intending b5 and Bb7, nevertheless white continues in the same style and develops its bishop to the best square.

5.Bc4! b5??

But black is oblivious to the white’s threat. After the standard 6.Bxf7+ black is losing:

6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Qd5+ Ke8 8.Qxa8

Winning the rook on a8. Black resigns 1-0


Sample game # 5

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 e6.

The safest setup. Black is blocking the dangerous diagonal – where we have seen so many catastrophes on f7 square.

White has no immediate threats, though in the Morra gambit you don’t need to look after a casual combination.

You have to follow the main principles of the opening as: fast development, control over the center and a tactical combination will bear itself!

 6.Nf3 Qc7 7.0-0 Nf6

Why does black omit 7…d6, what is the point of this?

Black is waiting for 8.Qe2 – the most natural continuation, which could be met by the 8…Ng4!? Preparing a fine trap. Now if white plays the obvious 9.h3?? Unexpectedly comes the beautiful 9.Nd4! Black distracts the only defender of the h2 square – the white knight f3, which leads to the inevitable mating construction.

White is obligated to eliminate the knight 10.Nd4 and 10.Qh2! Checkmate! No help either is 10.Qd3 Nf3! nor 10.Nb5 Nf3! and 11.Qh2 is coming.

9.Rd1 Doesn’t fix the problem, since after 9… Bc5! White can’t comfortably protect f2.
White has a problem: How to stop Nd4? How to improve the position?
The next energetic move sets the control over the d4 square and gains the initiative: 

8.Nb5! Qb8 9.e5!

White is going to sacrifice another pawn but the main purpose is the unprotected c7 square.

9… Nxe5

Doesn’t help 9…Ng4 10.Bf4! Nge5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rc1 d6 13.Bxe5 dxe5 14.Nc7+ Qc7 15.Bb5+ and white wins the Queen)  

10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Re1

Black keeps moving his Queen, while white just increases his development advantage move by move by bringing more and more pieces into the attack.  


Black’s pieces are under nasty pressure and virtually all restrained to the back rank!  


The decisive move.
Suddenly black has no good defenses against the incoming 13.Bf4! move,
I suppose at the moment black is lost already.

12…d6 13.Bf4 e5

The only way to stop Nd6, actually white has such a huge development advantage then the following combination is natural as a baby’s smile:  


White ruins black fragile shelter with the simple rook sacrifice.
Black has to accept the rook but after 14…de 15.Be5 the Queen is trapped.

Black resigned

4 Responses

  1. Hi, I am a recent practitioner of this variant of the sicilian, and I want to improve in it. I want to know what to you think white response should be on balck’s 11th move Qc5

  2. after 11…Qc5 just play 12.Bf1 follow by Be3 gain a lot of development advantage

  3. Hello!What should white when black plays an early e5 or plays after the Rd1 move by white.

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