Originally posted by exigentskyWhat's wrong with black's position? White's a pawn down and has some initiative, but all black has to do is defend accurately. If white plays as accurately as Fritz you can report them to the games moderators.
Lately, I've been having some trouble with the Smith-Morra and Alapin. I think the main problem is the lines that my book suggests. Fritz evaluates many of the resulting positions as +1.15 and more. Of course, I was hoping for equality out of the openings, so this is not at all convenient. Considering that the book is written by GMs who have won many tour ...[text shortened]... h a terrible position for black players.
So, how do you counter the Smith-Morra and Alapin?
Originally posted by DeepThoughtNo, I haven't played any Smith-Morra or Alapin games on RHP. I'm not talking about correspondence games. It's also not that White plays as accurately as Fritz, it's just that the opening book I have suggests some poor lines for black.
What's wrong with black's position? White's a pawn down and has some initiative, but all black has to do is defend accurately. If white plays as accurately as Fritz you can report them to the games moderators.
Originally posted by exigentskyStarting the Sicilian by John Emms:
Or this one:
1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Bb5 f6 8. exf6 exf6 9. Nge2 Be6 10. Nf4 Bf7 11. O-O Nge7 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. Na4 O-O 14. Nc5 Qc8 15. Re1 Re8 16. Qd3 g5 17. Ne2 Bg6 18. Qc3 Nf5
[fen]r1q1r1k1/p5bp/2p2pb1/2Np1np1/3P4/2Q5/PP2NPPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 19[/fen]
Maybe I just don't know how to play their lines we ...[text shortened]... that's why I think they aren't so good. But really, do you guys think these are solid lines?
Originally posted by RahimKThanks a lot for that line RahimK. I will give it a try. It does look as if it is easier to handle:
Starting the Sicilian by John Emms:
The Morra Gambit is especially trappy but Black should be fine if he gets through the first few moves unscathed.
I see you have 2...g6 . This book doesn't cover it. I don't know much about it but is that a good move or did you just play in in blitz?
Here's what I got:
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 Nf3 d ...[text shortened]... mes in this position.
So Black is fine once he gets this far and avoids the earlier traps.
Originally posted by exigentskyYou're mixing the openings. The 2..g6 lines are Alapin.
Thanks a lot for that line RahimK. I will give it a try. It does look as if it is easier to handle:
[fen]r1bq1rk1/pp2bppp/2np1n2/4p3/2B1P3/2N2N1P/PP2QPP1/R1BR2K1 w - - 1 11[/fen]
As for the moves I have listed in my last two posts, these are the exact moves that Chess Openings for Black Explained recommends.
I don't like them too much, but I also have rarely faced the Alapin or Smith-Morra. What do you think?
Originally posted by RegicidalI don't know much about the line, I was just posting what the book said but
You're mixing the openings. The 2..g6 lines are Alapin.
Rahim's example (no ...g6) is Smith-Morra. They're totally different.
..g6 is common for black in the alapin.
...g6 is less common and IMO less good in the Morra.
Originally posted by exigentskyg6 is probably too loosening against the Smith-Morra, white gets a strong attack for the pawn. Black should adopt a Scheveningen type set up: Game 1212030.
My book transposes so that the same position is reached from the Alapin or Smith-Morra.