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In both the Smith-Morra (accepted) and Goring gambit lines, white offers a pawn on c3. If Black takes the pawn on c3, White can play Bc4, offering a second pawn in exchange for rapid development with highly active bishops.

Although neither line is winning for White, according to Stockfish, the extra pawn sacrifice is significantly more viable in the Goring (-0.4) than the Smith-Morra line (-1.23). Why is this?

Goring:

[Title "Goring Gambit with extra pawn sacrifice"]
[FEN ""]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Bc4

Smith-Morra:

[Title "Smith-Morra Gambit with extra pawn sacrifice"]
[FEN ""]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4

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In the Goring, White's bishop on c4 attacks f7. In the Smith-Morra, Black can easily play e6 to block that attack.

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    and the knight is already on f3
    – Purefan
    Aug 14 at 23:12

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