The Smith-Morra Gambit System Against the Sicillian Defence
By templedf on Jul 05, 2005
I love nerds. (I am a nerd.) Chess nerds are the best, though. There's some kind of uniting drive to find the optimal series of moves in response to any other given series of moves. The net result is that some day, the entire game will be determined by each player's first opening move. The rest of the game will be predetermined by some book, of which everyone will have a copy.
Seriously, though, I've just started taking chess seriously, and the copious amount of documentation about every possible combination of moves is very helpful. As an example, a friend of mine and I just got into a game, and he decided he wanted to play the Sicillian Center Game. (He was playing white.) So, I looked up the Sicillian Center Game on About Chess and followed his lead. Of course, the Sicillian Center Game is not advantageous for white, so he fell back into the Smith-Morra Gambit (which is on the same page at About Chess). There wasn't enough useful information there, though, so I searched Yahoo! and turned up this paper. It's an excellent treatise on the strengths of the Smith-Morra Gambit. By reading between the lines, one also gets a clear picture of the weaknesses.
So, using this paper as a guide, I played the trap line, and while my friend didn't fall for it, it did leave him off balance enough to cancel out the advantages gained from the Smith-Morra Gambit.