Morra Gambit – Part 7

And finally we will examine the plan with the bishop fianchetto.

Sample Game # 7  

1.e4 c5 2. d4 cd 3. c3 dc 4. Nc3 d6 5. Bc4


 Black is going to develop the bishop on the long diagonal h8-a1

6. Nf3 Nf6  

Prepares further castling, though this attempt has a defect. White could destroy this plan by the well-known motive:

7. e5!

The standard hit, after


The killing blow is coming

 8. Bf7+!

And black is lost.

Sample Game # 8  

1.e4 c5 2. d4 cd 3. c3 dc 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Bc4 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 

Planning after d6 and Nf6 continue the development. But White could stop this plan by the aggressive pawn’s move


Offering the pawn sacrifice.


7…Bxe5 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxe5+ Nxe5 10.Qd5+ Leads to the same line

7…Nh6  8.0-0 0-0 9.Bf4 Nf5 10.g4 Nh6 11.h3 And Black’s position is cramped.

8.Nxe5 Bxe5 9.Bxf7+!

The obvious 9.Qd5 will be met by 9…Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 e6

9…Kxf7 10.Qd5+ e6 [10…Kf6 11.Ne4+ Kf5 12.g4+ wins]

11.Qxe5 Qf6 12.Qg3 

And White is keeping strong attack, when Blacks King lost the castling rights.

23 Responses

  1. how do you answer 4…e5

  2. Hello ztshanks! 4…e5 Cannot be recommeded
    After 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4! Black is under strong pressure , for instance 6… Nf6 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Ng5!

  3. thank you ,this blog is a great help!

  4. what do you do if he declines with 2…e6

  5. Hello Boris,
    I just visited your webside. Really good job.
    Interesting lessons about Morra Gambit.
    I am going to study them now . Maybe I will use this system soon in my games.
    Where I can find some more examples of Morra Gambit played by top chess players ?
    Best regards,

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  7. on7…Qa5,what shall i do?

  8. what if black play 3…Nf6 and not play morra gambit

  9. Almost An Outright Refutation Of The Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted
    The material in this book is well researched and analyzed. In addition to providing a well selected, although limited bibliography, Mr. Taylor thoroughly analyzes all 12 games selected to provide the reader with a clear historical perspective and easy to understand theoretical overview. All the games are analyzed from the opening thru to the endgame. A revised edition thru 2010 would only further confirm the author’s assessment and conclusions about this opening. This writer, having the advantage of a present day perspective, having read almost all publications since 1993, concurs with Timothy Taylor’s incisive analysis and crystal clear assessment of the Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted Variation. It is almost an outright refutation of the Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted.

    After studying this chess opening book, I now know that White has sacrificed a pawn (a material advantage for Black) for a temporary advantage in rapid development (a time advantage for White) to attack Black’s position which is underdeveloped. A situation for Black which is not easily corrected without the correct plan. As IM Timothy Taylor explains, not only is the correct plan necessary, but equally important, move order is critical. The disadvantages of White’s sacrifice of a pawn are of a more permanent nature. First and most important is the fact that just as in the Sicilian Defense Black has a 2 vs. 1 center pawn advantage, (i.e. Black has pawns at d7 and e7 vs. White’s only pawn at e4). This is an advantage which usually endures into the endgame, not to mention that White has already sacrificed a pawn giving Black a one pawn advantage in any potential endgame if White is unable to recover the pawn with at least equality. Or should his attack fall short and fail to produce compensation for the pawn. Second, due to time constraints to exploit his temporary time advantage in development, White’s plan of attack, much as in the Stonewall, is rather limited and rigid. The above, advantage vs. disadvantage summary is Mr. Taylor’s general assessment of the opening.

    More specifically the move order recommended after the initial moves 1.e4 c5, 2.d4 cd4, 3.c3 dc3, 4.Nc3 are 4…Nc6. And, after White’s usual response 5.Nf3, Mr. Taylor writes the best response is 5…d6. White’s usual continuation is 6.Bc4 to which the author strongly emphasizes throughout his book the critical response 6…a6. Mr. Taylor’s analysis is a lucid explantion of why this imove is critical. White’s thematic moves are, Nf3,Bc4, 0-0, Qe2, (Bg5,Bf4, or Be3), R(f)d1, R(a)c1. As the reader will notice there are no pawn moves. This is due largely to the time constraints in exploiting the temporal advantage of rapid development. Time advantages are fleeting in nature and must be exploited within a few moves or they will dissapate. Pawn moves affect pawn structure and usually involve longer term plans of attack for which White has no time to spare. The last two games in the book illustrate in detail what the disadvantages are for White when he employs the pawn moves a3 and h3. Mr. Taylor recommends the Chicago Defense in both of these cases and analyzes in detail how Black is able to exploit this loss of time by White. An overarching theme in all 12 games is the elimination of White’s dark square Bishop which creates a dark square color weakness for White that Black exploits primarily with his own dark square Bishop in combination with his Queen.

    I use the book in my games as Black. I rarely face the Smith Morra from opponents today.

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  14. what if black play 2…e6


  16. wonderful material on morra gambit.
    am enjoying gr8 success in my club as W. now i can try it as black also after visiting your site. THANKS A LOT. sr

  17. Cool – I have had only limited success with this gambit but will now try out some of your ideas. Will post any interesting games on my blog.

    Many thanks for putting this material online.

  18. hi, thanks for your great blog! after 1.e4 c5 2. d4 cd 3. c3 dc 4. Nc3 what do you recommend after 4….g6. Is 4…g6 premature for Black & should White play 5 Qd4 Nf6 6 e5, thankyou

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