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gibo ♡ 39 ( +1 | -1 )
trouble with the smith-morra gambit I play sicilian as white, and nearly always find myself in lost positions against the smith-morra. I often find a typical Nd5 where pawn takes knight and pawns take knight then the c6 knight is pinned. This trick often gets me. I just generally always seem to lose on the blackside of the smith-morra, can anyone help me out?
tyekanyk ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Have you considered that maybe it's not the opening's fault...
pandemona ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Black or White? Hi, gibo - it's my understanding that the smith-morra is a gambit initiated by white, not by black. Which side is it you're having trouble as, White or Black? Because, you know, if you're having trouble as White, you can always play something else instead. :-)
~ Stephen / pandemona
gibo ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
pandemona my last sentance spells it out pretty clearly, "blackside of the smith-morra"
pandemona ♡ 86 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh, ok. Sorry, I got confused; the first sentence seemed to imply you lost as white and the last as black, and I wasn't quite sure which one it was. :-) But all is clear now!

I'm not that experienced against the gambit because I play Alekhine's defence in preference to the sicilian, but I think it would help people answer your question if you give a link to an example board on which you've lost as Black against the smith-morra gambit... I had a quick search through your last two pages of games and can't find a single loss in which your opponent white played the smith-morra. (1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3, right?)

Other than that, I'm checking out of this thread now. Clarifiying duties all done, I return to lurking, lest my ignorance become apparent. ;)

~ Stephen / pandemona