Smirnov’s gambit

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  • StrugglingPlayer

    Smirnov’s Gambit… this looks interesting!!

  • Jake

    Your ‘novelty’ was played more than 250 times according to databases…

    • Igor Smirnov

      I even said about it in the video :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this wonderful gambit

  • chandu

    tnx sir..

  • Scionescire

    a name for this does already exist: the Portsmouth gambit.

    • Igor Smirnov

      Thanks for the true title! :)

      • Scionescire

        don’t get me wrong, Igor, the video is great and very instructive, but as the baby has already been baptized, it is no opportunity to gain immortality ;-) the website I posted offers many interesting short games that everyone should study who wants to play this line with 3. b4

  • Scionescire

    same source:

    An exploration of a relatively unknown sideline of the Sicilian Wing-Gambit


    The Sicilian Wing Gambit is as old as the Sicilian Defence itself, being briefly analysed in

    Staunton’s Chess Players Handbook (1847) which in turn quotes earlier sources. Since then it

    has been employed by a number of great attacking players including Spielman, Marshall, Keres

    and Bronstein. The basic idea is to deflect the black c-pawn from the centre allowing White to

    play d4, often in conjunction with rapid development of the pieces.

    The Gambit is most usually played when Black plays 2…d6 but what about 2…Nc6. This

    article represents my analysis of a little-known sideline – the so called “Portsmouth “Gambit

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4!?

    and so on…

    • Raykwagner

      The name will come in time based on who finally makes it well known. In the end it will probably fall under the Wing Gambit as a sub-group.
      The short games published there are very interesting and useful to understand how dangerous White’s play can be if Black does not know what to do. I find most opening books never tell you this information on what happens with less than good play by your opponent.
      I am also very interested to see what can be played when Black plays something other than 2… Nc6. Like d6 (mentioned above), e6 or g6. So far no one has played Nc6 for me to try this out, but I had a good game in a 2… d6 Sicilian. Since Black will play their favorite variation, Najdorf, Dragon we may not see Nc6 so much. It seems like tha gambitu should still work.

  • Guestguy

    nice vid keep em coming

  • Han Kuik

    Ik like the name Smirnov Gambit! Easy to remember.

    Half an hour ago i ordered your course TGPU. I am very curious!

  • JosE

    just downloaded the video from the link and everytime I open it I get the sound but not the picture! I guess I’ll have to see it online everytime I want to study it. I would appreciate it if you did something about it, at least for those like me that internet access is not always available. Thanks in advance, sir.

    • Igor Smirnov

      Make search in Google “how to open flv files” and you’ll find millions solutions.

  • Christos

    Thanks my GM Igor Smirnov. The ideas of this opening are very effective and intelligent. We can apply these ideas in many openings. I will use this formidable weapon against my opponents. I’m sure I will have good results. Thank you very much.

  • Pgioun

    after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 cxb4 4.d4 e6 5.d5 Qf6 6.c3 bxc3 7.dxc6 c2 8.Qxc2 Qxa1 9.e5 bxc6 10.Bc4 Rb8 11.Bb3… you said in the video that black should take with the rook on b3.

    But if black plays 11.. Bb4+ 12.Kd1 Ba6 13.Bb2 Bd3 isn’t it a clear losing position for white?

    • Les

      You didn’t carry out the analysis far enough. After the coming exchanges, Black will have rook & 2 pawns for 2 minor pieces. While Black is still technically a pawn up, I believe that White has compensation. Black has backward D-pawn & weak central dark squares, while White has lots of open lines & the 2 Bishops. Also, it will be some time before Black can bring his extra rook into the game, while the White minor pieces will dominate in the center very quickly. In fact, I believe White has some advantage. However, none of this changes the fact that 9.e5 is not best. Following your analysis, after 11.Bb4+ 12.Kd1 Ne7 should be played where Black is doing well. See the link to the Portsmouth gambit below for further analysis. At the moment, 9.Bd3 is doing well for White. It will be interesting to see how much the analysis from this link will influence the next videos from GM Smirnov.

  • Domz1951

    very nice secret weapon, thanks

  • yovanny

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  • Oleinikovdi

    Thank you, Gm! But how about d5 line? This is the most principle reply.

  • Siddharthpawar

    what if Nc6 takes b4..Black is fine….

  • Cruez37

    hey l am still shocked about the results that l am getting from playing the b2 line. most players from the park have seen me using and they have started using it also

  • Han Kuik

    Till now i did not receive my link for the download from the course TGPU. I hope i get it soon.

    • Igor Smirnov

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  • 1886

    BUT..!! What about endgame stage after this gambit !!
    Especially in classic time >>>

  • Novelty_dmm

    master thanks a lot i used your b3 opening and i bet another master here in the Philippines thanks a lot

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  • kulalking

    After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 cxb4 4.d4 e6 5.d5 Qf6 6.c3 bxc3 7.dxc6 c2 8.Qxc2 Qxa1 9.e5 ,
    Bc4 looks great for me.

    guide me if i am wrong

    • kulalking

      smirnov, please help us in this line. it looks very good for black

  • Fred

    This opening was analyzed by Leonard Barden 1978 and christened Portsmouth Gambit .See my article on ‘Portsmouth Gambit’ and Gary Lane Chess Cafe ‘Opening Lanes.Feb, Mar and April 2011 .In the ‘Exchange Sac’ variation 9 e5 (Barden’s choice) 9…bxc6 10 Bc4 Rb8 11 Bb3 what about 11….Ba6 12 Bb2 Bd3 13 Bxa1 Bxc2 14 Bxc2 Bb4+ White has B+N for R=2ps. Equal?

  • Pau Amich Vidal

    I once messed with the wing gambit (1.e4 c5 2.b4!?), but that looks like an improvement.
    Thanks a lot, GM Smirnov!

  • Rupendra32

    happy new year2012 master and all my chess player friends

  • kizi

    There are certainly lots of particulars like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice point to deliver.

  • Y8

    You have some specific knowledge throughout this text. I even have extraordinarily enjoyed your views on this subject. you are a precocious author. Thank you.

  • alleey

    Maybe already covered in next parts, but what if black plays b6 for b4?

  • geric

    What about 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 cxb4 4.d4 and then 4…g6. This stops d5.

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Geric, interesting suggestion!

      I think that White still has a nice resource 5.a3!?, which
      gives more squares to the rook on a1.

      For example, after 5…bxa3, White can play 6.d5, or after 5…Bg7 6.axb4 Nxb4, White has excellent compensation with its pawn centre and open lines for its pieces.

      Hope it helps,

      Manuel / Student Support Officer

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