Monday, October 18, 2010

Board 4: Eric Rosen crushes the Smith-Morra Gambit

If you play the Black side of the Sicilian, you need to have something prepared against the Smith-Morra.  In this game, we get a glimpse of Eric's preparation. 

But I suspect that White's move order was suboptimal: why not play 7.O-O and see how Black chooses to develop?  7.Bf4 is unnecessarily committal.

It's nice to get the first point on the board!

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