Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. d4/2...cxd4/3. c3

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Smith-Morra Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Smith-Morra Gambit[edit]

Now white offers a pawn for quicker development and open c- and d-files. Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3, or decline it, most commonly with 3...d3. The natural square for the knight (c3) is still occupied by the white pawn, so white will lose a tempo.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3.c3
3 4 5
Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted c3
dxc3
Nxc3
Nc6
Nf3
d6
=
...
g6
Smith-Morra Gambit Declined ...
d3
Bxd3
Nc6
Nf3
d6
+/=
...
Nf6
e5
Nd5
Nf3
Nc6
=

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