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Save time: One line vs Alapin Sicilian and Morra Gambit

hello ladies and gentlemen all right hope you're feeling good out there today what we're gonna do is continue on talking about consolidating opening repertoire so this series of videos is basically geared to adults who have jobs families school and just generally busy people here is an example in the Sicilian defense which takes place at the e4 c5 where you can use one line as black so we are speaking from the black perspective today where you can use one line as black to deal with two systems from white the first system is the c3 Sicilian or elephant Sicilian as some people call it and the other system is the more a gambit or Smith more a gambit which takes place after d4c takes d4 and the small c3 what we're gonna do is use one line from black to deal with both systems okay learn this one line and you don't have to have a separate you know theoretical discussion ever again in this particular these particular variations so first we'll give a little background here so with this aliping Sicilian or c3 Sicilian this line is old as the earth itself and the idea is very simple for white white just wants to establish a very powerful center after the move d4 if you think about it you'll see this move often in the King pawn openings Joko piano right let's see 3 is played Ponciano opening c3 of course the Rui Lopez we see c3 all with the same the same goal in mind is to establish this very powerful Center eventually restricting and pushing away blacks pieces and ultimately culminating in either a huge King side attack or some type of endgame advantage based on space of course with every pawn move there is some type of weakness or a downside here it is simply that the most natural square for the knight which is c3 is taken away and another feature in the position and this is an important feature to understand about all four openings is that the pawn on e4 is not protected not defended this is why some players actually go so far as to say that one d4 is actually superior to 1.e4 based on the fact that when d4 is played the Queen's pawn is protected by the Queen in the opening whereas the e pawn is not protected and if you notice most of blacks defenses against the move 1.e4 revolve around this fact that this pawn is unprotected the case in point B for Knight f6 Alekhine's defense right the attacking the e pawn now we're not saying that the defense is good or bad but just the fact that the idea is there French defense efore be six d4 d5 right attack netipot and that is unprotected and you get the picture right efore c6 caro-kann again d4 d5 again the question is constantly raised what are you going to do about the e pawn same deal in the petrels right and we don't have to beat the course anymore so e for c5 getting back to our discussion will first look at this line with c3 so what what black is going to do here normally as he usually plays d5 taking advantage of the fact that the c3 pawn is blocking access to that square by the knight and so black has sort of an improved variation of the Scandinavian if you want to look at it in that way and that he can play d5 and after a takes d5 he does not have to worry about harassment of this Queen by the move Knight c3 and this is a respectable well-known example of typical play for black and white in this line okay and now we'll look briefly at the other line is Smith Morra right there's gambit where by black wants to excuse me where white wants to give away material in order to gain time and open files whereby he can use them to melt a massive attack against a black King or cause white excuse me cause black to make some concessions whereby either white will get his material back or black will just enter into a dreadful position right there trying to defend against White's activity so many games we will see the gambit accepted c3d takes c3 and I take C 3 and again here's some typical play here we're white huh you know can claim some compensation you know uses Knight activity brilliant piece placement and black often has to be careful of course there's other ways black can play black can offer for example you see it every now and then he simply we'll push the paw forward d3 cetera right and I showed you those different lines because there are some of you out there I play the Sicilian and against the Moose III you play one line and against the move excuse me against to move to c3 you play one line and against a move to d4 you play a different line and I'm not judging this is absolutely fine if you have the time right if you're a young child and right you have school and you know after school you want to spend you know five or six hours on testing you you you can you can do that it's okay but this video is geared to those that are busy busy schedules and in love chess but they just don't have the time to study all of these separate lines okay so the line I'm going to show you now is a line for black that is perfectly viable – it's not a shady side line where you know if your opponent knows what he's doing he's gonna get a big advantage and all of that no this is a respectable line that you can study and find many Grandmaster games games on and this line is going to help you defend it's black against the elephant system and the more organic so let's get right into it first we'll look at this the elephant system what you're gonna play here is Knight f6 all right Knight f6 exploiting the fact as we discussed earlier that the e pawn is vulnerable now this position has similarities to an alkyne defense but again we could say it's in a pooled variation because at this point of c3 White's options are limited many times in the alkyne right after the move Knight f6 instead of playing the most critical move e5 white often like to play a move like Knight c3 and try steer the game in the different channels of course black can equal the heights but again we're trying to cut down on the amount of work we have to do for instance after d5 you can easily end up in a Vienna game again no problem but have you been studying in the Vienna have you been looking at that opening so it's all about getting to positions that we're familiar with and comfortable with back to our position after E for c5 c3 Knight of 6 we have this similarity with the Alekhine's defense there's no adequate way that white can really defend that pawn without you know if he chooses not to advance the pawn he can't really defend the pawn say with moves like d3 without just giving a black and easy game okay so ii 5 is critical Knight d5 just as in a lot alec is defense and d4 is the main line now it's important again to attack the center immediately just as you would in the French Carrick on Alex's defense all of these defenses where white is permitted to build up center and opening you must be aggressive and take your chances against the center the idea is not that white has done anything wrong by putting up a center the center can putting pawns in the center is a great asset the idea behind this is to understand that blacks argument is that you're establishing your center prematurely and without adequate support if but if white can't support his center he's going to have a huge advantage if he can support solidify Center it's gonna have a huge advantage going forward because the center is going to restrict the black pieces all right and it's going to give a lot of options to white if he wants to attack on the Queen side excuse me on the kingside if he wants to later on have a nice end game where he has a lot of space so it's critical that when you allow your opponent took place the pawns in the center to have a plan to tear that Center down so this is the argument in these type of systems white is saying hey I'm gonna put this Center up wife's gonna neglect development and he's gonna say there's no problem I'm gonna hide behind this big Center and then I'll fortify it and then slowly squeeze you to death therefore after D for C takes D for right away C takes D for d6 okay it doesn't stop you just keep keep on fighting against the center Knight f3 his white trying to fortify Center knight c6 Bishop c4 attacking the piece Knight b6 this would be 5 this would be 5 is already indicating the deep concern that white has for the vulnerability of the pawns in the center it's already critical and this is one that this is one of the main lines disappear 5 because white is saying I cannot maintain the center for too much longer so he has to he has to throw the pin on it because moves for instance moves like this of g4 is coming so for example I'm sorry let's take that back remember this is attack right here so let's say let's just say Bishop e3 right he doesn't want to you know get off that diagonal he takes e5 Knight takes e5 Knight takes e5 D takes e5 Queen d1 and black has absolutely no problems whatsoever it's completely equalized play can continue Bishop d7 Castle rook c8 and again there's nothing for like to worry about so this is this is one of the reason why the main line is Bishop b5 alright getting out of the threat of course of being captured the bishop comes to b5 to put more pressure on black and though I indirectly defend his center of course D takes e5 continuing the assault on the center D takes e5 for example right this is not a good move the same thing happens Queen takes d1 King takes d1 Bishop g4 and I wanted to show you that so you can see how the assault continues on the white center now the e pawn is looking more like a liability okay in an asset so instead of D takes e5 what is played then theory is Knight takes e5 and then simply Bishop d7 and now the move Knight takes e5 is threatened by black soul play normally we continue B takes c6 B takes c6 Knight takes c6 B takes c6 and this actually happened in the game I was stretching to call a Walter brown I believe that was um if I can remember correctly in 19 was in 1980 could be wrong I'm going off my memory there mmm 1979 that's that's what it was no yeah nobody saw 1979 and brown and I play d6 I right now I remember and basically both sides had a isolated pawn perfectly equal even stronger than just playing east six it is putting the Bishop da square Bishop on this diagonal right here it's even stronger again no worries for black okay so now you might be asking okay that was the c3 Sicilian what about the Smith Morra no problem let's get right to it here's the Smith more see takes c3 notice we have the same dynamic in the position right eeep on now protected and pulling on c3 blocking the knight from coming up so all you have to remember is that you're not going to take on our c3 and that you want to leave that pawn there just think this way you don't want to help white develop okay you don't want to help him along with this plan at all so here also you play the move Knight f6 again giving black excuse me giving white the same dilemma what to do with the e pawn okay and again II five okay there's no real legitimate way to defend this pawn properly without black just being completely equal just like in the Alekhine's defense anytime white refrains on pushing the pawn to e5 black is a okay so again Knight d5 say C takes d5 for instance you're right back we started in the c3 Sicilian sometimes more where players will play this move Knight f3 instead because it's based on the fact that black can't capture here because the knight will be on priests okay but you don't want to capture it anyway if you're black so here you would claim moves like Knight d6 I'm sorry Knight d6 knight c6 or just d6 okay so you're just going into the same you know the same line you're just transposing this my friends will just cut you know the amount of time and analysis cuz now you just you just look at this one line you find Grandmaster games or classic games on this line and you you know you just learn in line you know that okay if I face to c3 Sicilian I'm playing the same thing if please play guess Tamura same thing let me give you a ridiculous example if you know why trousers just not push you just play them over like a 5 and you just say you know there's really there's really nothing that white has to offer here black is is better here it's only one other move I really want to address here and that's uh this move right because it protects the pawn okay and the Queen comes out so we can see right here that the most natural move is nice e6 and black is just completely equalized and has a chance of gaining the initiative becoming better actually already has a slight initiative at the knight c6 and the idea here is you might be saying wait a minute why does this capture the pawn remember that pawn is that point is a gambit point remember that by capturing all white is doing is just basically evening up the material score and this is one of the principles that you learn about gambits is don't be afraid to give the material back at an appropriate time okay and most players that play Smith more anyway aren't gonna play Queen takes d4 because the whole idea of playing the gambit is that they might gain time for an attack alright so for them to turn around and then capture with the Queen and allow you to gain time for your pieces and go up in development go ahead and development as you can see on the board right here is a psychological blow to any gambit player no gambit player plays the gambit so that they can end up behind in development and under attack themselves but nevertheless I just want to show you that since it is an option so after say queen bee queen d4 Knight c6 Queen a4 is possible and you go on to the similar lines like the Scandinavian it's like a almost like a Scandinavian defense in Reverse with the white pieces you had the point on c3 of course preventing these type of moves but nevertheless black is is just just fine here black can't play e5 it's all now it's all kind of up to your personal preferences and taste at this point now you just gotta play all right Chester you can't even play d5 you know even though this this Queen is pending right here you can't even play d5 that's how good this position is for black you know and of course if it takes d5 you simply play Queen takes d5 without fear of this Knight coming out don't worry I heard you out there you say hey what about this a 5 you know the knight is paying blah blah blah blah blah but you just played in 94 remember your general principles the fact that white only has the Queen developed and then he's just moving this point again so there must be some type of you know price to pay here right so let's look at it real quick Knight g4 Knight f3 right defending again and this is where you start bringing the you know start bringing the heavy artillery out Queen b6 now what Queen c2 is possible but then this this point I dropped because the pin will be relinquished let's let's do Knight d4 why because it blocks the the threat but it now this point is going to drop you see so Queen takes d4 is dubious basically you know it just gives black a good game alright so again the main continuation that you're going to see is this move e5 and there's nothing to worry about then you just again you just transpose into the see three Sicilian so that is it I hope that video has been helpful to you and you know good luck in your chest in the future I look forward to your comments you know please subscribe like all that stuff if you you know you can donate you know to the channel it's a great help and we look forward to making more videos in the future to help you you know improve in your game alright see you guys later

7 thoughts on “Save time: One line vs Alapin Sicilian and Morra Gambit

  1. Good shit, man! I like the idea of forcing that transposition from the Smith-Morra Gambit into the Alapin.

  2. Great tip. I would point out one thing. You may have to face the Morra Deferred. If your second move is e6 for example, then they play d4, you take and then they play c3. You can still decline but the Nf6 line is no longer good.

  3. I use this variation as well from time to time. It can get a little bit tricky defending against white's attack in some more dangerous lines (7. Nb6 8. Bb3 dxe5 9. d5) for example, but it's certainly a practical and sound repertoire choice.

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