Smashing the Sicilian Defense with the Smith-Morra Gambit – GM Ronen Har-zvi

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Empire Chess Volume 35

Smashing the Sicilian Defense with the Smith Morra Gambit

Smashing The Sicilian Defense With The Smith-morra Gambit – Gm Ronen Har-zvi

Smashing the Sicilian Defense with the Smith Morra Gambit

The Smith Morra Gambit is an extremely effective surprise weapon because many Sicilian Defense players wrongly believe the Smith-Morra to be outdated and easily refutable.

While the Smith Morra Gambit is rarely seen at the elite Grandmaster level, it remains a strong opening for white against the Sicilian Defense as black is guaranteed to face long-lasting, unpleasant pressure in every part of the board.

Starting with 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3!? white immediately places pressure on black by sacrificing a central pawn to gain a rapid lead in development and long-term compensation via pressure on the C and D files.

Black is forced to walk a tightrope from the very first moves as the slightest inaccuracy can lead to a decisive advantage for white.

¨Smashing the Sicilian Defense with the Smith Morra Gambit¨ features over 3 hours of high-quality chess instruction from Grandmaster Ronen Har-Zvi, an extremely well-known chess trainer with over a decade of experience!

This chess DVD is targeted at beginner and intermediate chess players as GM Har-Zvi first introduces the main concepts of the Smith-Morra Gambit and later delves deeper into concrete variations.

About the Author:

Ronen Har-Zvi is an Israeli chess grandmaster and writer. Har-Zvi won the under-16 title at the World Youth Chess Champion in 1992. He obtained his Grandmaster title in 1995.

Har-Zvi is a regular expert commentator, host, and chess coach on the Internet Chess Club. He is also a columnist for CHESS magazine.

GM Ronen Har-Zvi currently has an Elo rating of 2513, being his highest Elo rating 2535.

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Smashing The Sicilian Defense With The Smith-morra Gambit – Gm Ronen Har-zvi

The Smith Morra Gambit. Main moves

If you’re already tired of playing against booked up Sicilian players and want to start getting good results against this very popular defense, Ronen Har-Zvi will give you the perfect solution with this course.

Learning the Smith-Morra Gambit, with 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3, White willingly gives up a pawn to develop the second knight and quickly open the c-file.

After just a few moves, White has developed both knights, opened up the diagonals for both bishops and has the c- and d-files open, ready to be used by the queen and rook.

If Black puts one foot wrong, White can overwhelm him with a terrifying swarm of pieces!

As you can imagine, the Smith Morra Gambit isn’t an opening for passive players. When 2.d4 is bashed out, it’s war! But if your idea of fun is rapid attacking play, throwing in a few sacrifices to surprise and stun your opponent, it might just be the opening for you!

GM Har-Zvi also explains common tactical patterns that you should always be aiming for with the white pieces, as black will be facing considerable pressure in the center – especially on the C and D files from white’s active rooks!

This chess DVD is guaranteed to improve your results with deep preparation of an explosive gambit against the Sicilian Defense!

Start smashing Sicilian players with the Smith Morra Gambit!

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 in
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3 hours 14 minutes


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6 reviews for Smashing the Sicilian Defense with the Smith-Morra Gambit – GM Ronen Har-zvi

  1. Rated 3 out of 5


    If you play the Smith Morra you will find some good ideas in this DVD, because Ronen extracted of a lot material out of top games – but you get the impression he is not a Morra player himself – and surely no Morra devotee 🙂
    One big disadvantage of the Morra is, that you have to learn two openings – the Morra and the Alapin – because if you know the Morra very well – like me – you only accept it if you know that you are a better tactician then your opponent. Bur at club level it is hard to find an opening which guarantees so much fun – definitely worth a pawn!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Calvin Hori

    I have played the Smith-Morra many times and found it a great weapon against the typical club player. I have not played it in years, but after watching this DVD, I may add this explosive opening to my repertoire once again. GM Har-Zvi does a masterful job going through all the important lines with many improvements over analysis done years ago. Remember, this puts the onus on Black to respond right from move 2, so he has not time to play his favorite Sicilian lines (Najdorf, Paulson, Dragon, etc.). Highly recommended for the intermediate to advanced attacking player.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    John Gorman

    I enjoy every chapter on this DVD. My last match was almost 5 years ago and I remember Smith-Morra Gambit, that’s why this DVD has inspired me to start playing again.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eduardo Bedecarratz

    The Smith-Morra Gambit is well-known but rarely played, I never saw this opening in a match, nevertheless, I was having some troubles against the Sicilian Defence and I want to do what it takes to defeat the Sicilian Defense.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    gavrila petrisor

    I love the smith-mora gambit and I love how GM Ronen Har – Zvi, with his unparalleled talent, explains every idea behind the moves he recommends. This gambit is an excellent weapon against Sicilian players, especially as they are already frustrated at the second move 2.d4 !!! Most Sicilian players who want to play dragon or najdorf, or paulsen, do not know how to react to this move and quickly reach a lost position. Ronen does a formidable job showing how we have to respond to any attempt of the black player to respond to this wonderful gambit. Any 1.e4 player must have this DVD to play with confidence against Sicilian players and save a lot of time and not have to learn thousands of variations in dragon, najdorf, etc. Wonderfull course!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had dabbled in the Smith-Morra Gambit a few times with modest success. After viewing this DVD a few times, I have been able to score quite a few wins against strong opponents. I mainly use it as a surprise weapon in short time controls since most of the time, he doesn’t know how to react quickly with the correct moves. GM Har-Zvi is an excellent instructor as well as entertaining and fun to watch. He explains the opening in a clear and concise manner covering all the main variations you will probably encounter. A terrific weapon to add to your repertoire to score that quick point!

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