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Why is sacrificing an extra pawn good for White in the Goring gambit but bad in the Smith-Morra gambit?

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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White's plan in Smith-Morra gambit?

I've played and studied the Morra Gambit for several decades, so I hopefully understand it fairly well. I also have an enormous game database and related notebook with themes, ideas, variations, ...
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Is this theoretical novelty double-piece sacrifice actually sound?

I found the following game, which reaches the position at move 19 by transposition. It also indicates that the sacrifice is sound, with the continuation 20. Qe3 [Event "It"] [Site "St. ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

I've been playing the Smith Morra Gambit for about 5 years and am rated around 2000 FIDE currently. I regularly play the Morra(it is my only response against the Sicilian), and my performance with it ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

The gambit is perfect for amateurs, the gambit is tricky and could be deadly if Black underestimate White's attacking potential. I've personally used it to beat players around FIDE 2000, so it's fine ...
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How does one play against 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 in Sicilian?

It seems you only give Black extra options compared to the usual 2.Nf3 and 3.d4 Black can reach whichever Open Sicilian he was aiming for. He has made no concession since ...cxd4 was part of the plan ...
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What is considered the current main line for Black against the Smith-Morra gambit?

Most reference books will give the main line as 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Rd1 e5 Followed by either 10.Be3, 10.h3, 10.Bg5, 10.a3 or even 10....
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How does one play against 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 in Sicilian?

3....Nf6 avoids the main lines for black because there is no Nc3. Instead you'll probably get something like a c3-sicilian, with 4.e5 Nd5, which is arguably an achievement for black. That's of course ...
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Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Accepted, Scheveningen Formation, 7.O-O

I wouldn't go for 8...e5 in this position. When black plays e5 in Scheveningen/Najdorf and even in Smith-Morra gambit, it is usually connected with a win of tempo (attacking the knight on d4) or black ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

Yes. The Smith-Morra will suffice if you're playing 1600s. If you lose, then your problem is likely not because of the opening. The Smith-Morra gambit is for bottom feeders. You can still be 2000 ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

I'm rated around 1850 FIDE (approx as converted from the UK system). I play the Morra and it does me just fine - I've drawn against 2000+ players with it and do well against similar rated opponents. ...
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(black) why the pawn H6 is not good move in this position?

To avoid a weak square on d5. Black has a winning position with an healthy extra central pawn. However, after 1...h6? 2.Ne4 the only defender of d5, the Nf6, gets exchanged. It means that White can ...
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What is White's compensation in the Smith-Morra Gambit, Paulsen Formation (a6, e6, Nc6) after an early ...Na5?

[Event "Morra Gambit Accepted - Paulsen Formation"] [FEN "RNBQKBNR/PPPPPPPP/8/8/8/8/pppppppp/rnbqkbnr b KQkq - 1"] [StartPly "14"] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 e6 ...
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What is White's compensation in the Smith-Morra Gambit, Paulsen Formation (a6, e6, Nc6) after an early ...Na5?

To be honest, I see very little there, but Re1 also just looks like it is not in the spirit of the opening since it does little to add any pressure to the center. Of course, if black were to play d5, ...
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How does one play against 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 in Sicilian?

Just play the main lines. The main lines are the main lines because that's the best chess. Otherwise, you'll get subpar positions. I used to be scared of the Sicilian until I picked up e4 vs the ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

My experience has been that even stronger players don't like playing against the Smith-Morra because it takes them out of their "book". When the clock is ticking and they have to solve opening ...
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