Crush the Sicilian Defence Chess Opening: Smith-Morra Gambit
What you'll learn
- Ability to play against the Sicilian defence - one of the most popular replies against 1.e4 and enjoy the "Open game" which is a necessary foundation
- Ability to experience a powerful chess gambit which has survived the test of time and is hugely popular at the club level in the last several years
- Ability to set the scene for amazing chess tactics and combinations through greater piece activity, space and lead in development the gambit often offers
- Ability to sidestep a mass of potentially memorised opening theory that the opponent had in mind and instead improve your chess from experiencing open games
- Ability to research and take seriously blitz games as reference and use many of the engine-validated ideas at any time control
- Ability to take seriously games of any time control but still try and find best representations for both sides
- Ability to couple course with an Alapin Sicilian defence course for greater depth later of Nf6 declined variation
- Ability to be an exciting dynamic aggressive tactical player like Marc Esserman who is one of the highest paid chess streamers in the World :)
- Ability to call yourself a modern Gambiteer not minding losing material for a fun exciting dynamic game that enhances your tactical skills and understanding
- Ability to understand Bronsteins Quote "There is not a single true chess-playe .... whose heart does not beat faster ... of words such as "Gambit Games"
- Ability to understand Napier's "In the Laboratory the gambits all test unfavourably, but the old rule wears well,. that all gambits are sound over the board"
- Ability to take the opponent into your territory when they play the Sicilian defence instead of their pet Sicilian defence lines
- Ability to play with optimal setups against the common black setups to expect when using the Smith-Morra Gambit in order to maximise your winning probability
- Ability to improve tactics understanding when playing with semi-open d-file without a counterpart and a shared c-file offers dangerous d-file pins and e5 breaks
- Ability to destroy some of the riskier setups such as the Accelerated Queen Bishop Fianchetto and the Chicago defence using amazing engine resources
- Ability to see how tactical tools can be enhanced such as relative pins, batteries and other devices to create overwhelming threats and limit opponent replies
- Ability to get a better understanding of the "Open game" where you have a shared c-file and a a semi-open d file without a counterpart
- Ability to leverage great players such as Matulovic and Esserman with their model games and thematic ideas such as the iconic Nd5 sacrifice
- Ability to leverage Kingscrusher's games and ideas from successful blitz chess on the fierce Internet Chess Club often against IMs and GMs
- Abillity to play 1.e4 with much greater confidence knowing one has a great pet system against the Sicilian Defence
- Ability to make use of a system which is largely underestimated by the Chess world despite Vishy Anand decline the gambit and top engines beating other engines
- Ability to spend more time improving chess skills instead of trying to memorise 15+ different major Sicilian defence variations that Opponent can choose from
- Ability to really enjoy the "Open game" more and also being backed by a solid informational advantage to most opponents with this course's sets of model games
- Knows how the chess pieces move
- Has played some chess games before
Venture into the exciting realm of the Smith-Morra Gambit with this comprehensive course, designed to arm you with an aggressive and potent weapon against the ubiquitous Sicilian Defence (1.e4 c5). This gambit, named after Pierre Morra and Ken Smith, has been championed by modern International Masters such as Marc Esserman and even used with success by Kingscrusher in his celebrated YouTube blitz games.
This course is designed to tackle the Sicilian Defence head-on, taking the fight to black from the get-go with 1.e4 c5 2.d4! The Smith-Morra Gambit offers white rapid development, open lines, and attacking chances in return for a pawn - a perfect strategy if you enjoy sharp, tactical battles.
Renowned for its simplicity of play and high probability of occurrence in real games, the Smith-Morra Gambit also serves as an effective counter-weapon to the wealth of theory that Sicilian Defence players tend to be armed with.
In this course, we dissect common black responses, whether they accept or decline the gambit. We lay bare the weaknesses in black's setups, back our analysis with cutting-edge chess engine verifications, and highlight innovative strategies that may not have seen the light of day before.
Some of the systems and variations we analyze include:
Accepting the Gambit: Classical Main Line, Scheveningen setup, Siberian Variation, Nge7 variations, a6 Defence, Fianchetto Variation, Chicago Defence, Early queenside fianchetto, Finegold Defence.
Declining the Gambit: Early Qa5 pinning move, Push variation, Nf6 Alapin Variation transpositions, d5 style, e5 style, e6 style, and very early deviations after 2.d4.
In addition to the detailed opening analysis, the course offers a trove of middlegame tactics and strategies, helping to develop your overall chess understanding. A series of tactical puzzles keeps you engaged, pushing you to solve problems and improve your game dynamically.
Whether you're new to the Smith-Morra Gambit or looking to bolster your existing repertoire, this course provides you with a roadmap to navigate the complexities of the Sicilian Defence and unchain the latent power of this underexplored opening system.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to Intermediate level players
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), and British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence-style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C).
Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 4 marathons so far. Top 50 finisher in 7 marathons so far. Top 100 finisher in 4 marathons so far. And top 500 in 1 marathon so far. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess - in fact giving me 3rd rank overall behind Lance5500 and papasi in a recent detailed statistical blog analysis titled "Lichess Marathon Statistics".
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love attacking chess, chess tactics, and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller shortly after its release here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic attacking, aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are mainly Attacking style tactical players: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, and Garry Kasparov. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive attacking style player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive attacking players were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :) They were masters of finishing combinations naturally as they sought to reduce the king's safety of the opponent in various ways including bringing the King out for often beautiful mating combinations.
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses. I like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents. I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. For example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. Also, I like surprising opponents with openings such as the Nimzo-Larsen attack, the King's Indian Attack, The London System, and Queen's Knight attack system 1. Nc3, all of which I have courses for here at Udemy.
In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)