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pampelmus 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Morra Gambit 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Is anyone here experienced with this not very often seen Gambit?
I play it for some time now, and I'm curious what you play on:


on dxc3 Sxc3!? gives a position about equal......
my recently played games:
board #911858
board #909742
squijum 3 ( +1 | -1 )
On 3. dxc3 an interesting alternative is 4. Bc4.
myway316 6 ( +1 | -1 )
I prefer 3...d5 Let White lose the time getting the pawn back.
smolensk 20 ( +1 | -1 )
As soon as the minitournament I play in right now is finished, im gonna start a thematic minitournament with the opening morragambit.

At Board 911858 white could have won quickly with 6. Bxf7+
pampelmus 7 ( +1 | -1 )
6.Bxf7+ Kxf7
7.Dd6+ ...... yeah you're right....

What you play on 3..d5 4.Dxd4
chesskid22000 69 ( +1 | -1 )
answer to smtih morra gambit 1) e4, c5 2) d4 cxd4 3) c3 if you play 3..d3 then white plays 4) Bxd3, Nc6 5)Qb3, g6 6) Nf3, Bg7 7) Bf4, e6 8) Bd6, f5. Which black will have to delay castling for some time, and black starts a pawnstorm attack on the kingside of white and usually the sicilian will destroy whites queen side and he castles kingside. alot of fun stuff can happen.if you play e5 as blacks 3rd move, white continues as a follows 4) Nf3, Nc6 5) cxd4, exd4 or d5.. if exd4 then white plays Nxd4, and black plays Nf6 Nxc6. if black plays d5.. then Qxd4 for white then 4... dxe4 5) Qxe4,Nf6 6) Bb5+, Nbd7 7) Qe2, a6. this will chase the bishop out ,but then white will focus the bishop to attack on the kingside of black.
smolensk 14 ( +1 | -1 )
3.---d5 is tough. But 4.exd5 Qxd5 (4.--Nf6 5.Bb5+)
5.cxd4 will win a tempo for white after a later Nc3, giving white good attacking chances.

pampelmus 65 ( +1 | -1 )
Thats not longer the Morra Gambit, it's Alapin Variation.....
1.e4 c5
2.c3 d5
3.exd5 Qxd5
4.d4 cxd4?!
5.cxd4 ....
not a very good line of it..... as you said you gain a tempo with later Nc3. White's main problem is the isolated pawn on d4, I don't think that an attack on black's kingside is possible, because the center is open and you have to look about your lonely pawn..

chesskid: I can't believe that black plays such a supidity like e6 to make Bd6 possible. As black, I would choose another pawn structure: e6, d6 and not g6 and e6......
I would play this way: 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.Bxd3 Sc6 5.Sf3 (to prevent Sf6.. but the problem is that black can play d5... )

olympio 13 ( +1 | -1 )
pampelmus no i think he meant Qd5+ forks the rook.

but i've studied this line since i used to play c3.. and Qd5 is better than Bxf7+
olympio 18 ( +1 | -1 )
i might add that aside from maybe the highest level of play.. 6. Qd5 of 6. Bxf7+ don't lead to positions where two ordinary players couldn't still have a nice game