The Sicilian Defense is one of the most extensive chess openings and the amount of theory is downright incredible. The best study routine for beginner and intermediate chess players does NOT focus exclusively on studying openings, rather it should include a comprehensive regimen targeted at improving all phases of your game. In the below chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ¨Smashing the Sicilian Defense with the Smith-Morra Gambit¨ Grandmaster Ronen Har-Zvi explains the basic concepts in the Smith-Morra Gambit, an aggressive opening choice that allows white to immediately side-step the mountains of theory in the main lines of the Sicilian Defense while sacrificing a pawn with 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 – rapidly seizing the initiative and placing pressure on black from the very first moves!
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