In this continuation of the “Climbing the Rating Ladder” series I take on players of various ratings levels while pointing out typical mistakes and spots for improvement along the way (possibly my own!? :)). Here I commentate a 10+0 game against a player rated 1966 on Chess.com. The Smith-Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3) is a sound gambit, and it may especially appeal to those who play lines like the Danish Gambit or Evan’s Gambit as well. Should Black accept the gambit, they ought to be 1) theoretically knowledgeable, and 2) willing to spend time should White provoke complications, e.g. sacrificing the knight on d5, as I play in this game. Remember: the sharper the position, the more you need to use your time! It’s difficult or downright impossible to think your way out of a bad position in chess.
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