43 ( +1 | -1 ) usuallyafter cxd4 white plays c3 the smith-morra gambit but from what i have seen (i used to play the sicilian now i dont know what i play) an early f4 pusy bye white gives him good attacking chances but is also very risky- I have never lost a sicilian as black what my oppenent played f4 at any point in the game. so i think that gambit is pretty bad 3.c3 is a lot better
29 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks, for that example paulvalle and smokinghead.
I've tried 3.c3 before but never really liked it, so Im trying this. Maybe I'll look into the Wing Gambit when Im done with this one.
I dont see how it's so bad though, a little more details about that please?
43 ( +1 | -1 ) Why?What does white accomplish by pushing f4? If nothing else, black can just transpose to harmless main lines by allowing white to recapture on d4 or a worse version of the Smith-Morra if white pushes c3, otherwise, the pawn on d4 cramps his position. The question, then, is only whether Black can gain any advantage by holding onto the pawn.
IMO this is just a dubious variation of a GPA. If you're looking for a sounder gambit, use 3. c3 or 2. b4.
20 ( +1 | -1 ) halaszKeep in mind that Halasz' success with this opening was largely against weaker opposition in postal play. Some of his wins were despite opening trouble.
3 ( +1 | -1 ) I see... I never knew that.