Originally posted by !~TONY~!
I'm gonna go ahead and politely laugh in your face. The Smith Morra is maybe good enough for equality, although I suspect with great play Black is probably better.
There is a funny story about the Smith Morra Gambit. I believe it was Bent Larsen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bent_Larsen), when annotating a game between Ken Smith (of Smith-Morra Gambit f ...[text shortened]... rench Defense a mistake is hilarious in and of itself)
"Better is 1...c5, winning a pawn."
This was San Antonio in 1972.
Ken Smith had just written half a dozen booklets on the Morra gambit & wanted to try it at the highest level available to him.
He played & lost with it against Larry Evans & Donald Byrne who I believe were both much stronger players than Smith himself.
Also, theory was still very raw at the time & Smith made several early mistakes in both games.
The games proved useful though, as the most promising line in the "Evans defence" was later found for White which instead of the more intuitive 7.0-0?! is 7.Bg5! & in practice this does not allow Black to build such a solid position.
And then 7...Nf6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.0-0 e6 10.Nd4! gives White some hope.
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[White Elo 2256]
[Black Elo 2273]
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4 a6 7.Bg5 Nf6 8.Bxf6 gxf6
9.0-0 e6 10.Nd4 Qc7 11.Rc1 Qb6 12.Nf5 exf5 13.Qh5 Kd8 14.Qxf7 Qd4 15.Nd5 Bd7 16.e5 Be7
17.e6 Bc8 18.Rfd1 Qe5 19.Nxe7 Nxe7 20.Rc2 b5 21.Rcd2 1-0