Empire Chess Volume 35
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is an extremely effective surprise weapon because many Sicilian Defense players wrongly believe the Smith-Morra to be outdated and easily refutable.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.
Is this course for me?
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!