Smirnov Gambit Part-3 | Powerful Chess Opening Against the Sicilian Defense

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will teach you the Portsmouth Gambit (we call it the Smirnov Gambit) which he has discovered recently. It is a tricky chess opening for White against the Sicilian Defense which happens after the opening moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4.

It is a variant of the Wing gambit. White sacrifices the b4-pawn for a semi-open b-file and sometimes an open c-file, along with control of the center and quick development. This also frees up the a1–h8 diagonal. If Black declines the gambit, White has the threat of bxc5, or even sometimes b5.

In contrast to the regular Wing gambit, after 3…cxb4, White will play 4. d4. In many positions d5 is a threat, forcing the knight to either go to a5 or back to b8.

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00:00 Portsmouth Gambit, Sicilian Defense
00:39 Line-2: If Black plays 3…Nxb4
01:21 Sidelines in Line-2, allowing White’s d5
05:22 Line-2: Black’s immediate d5 vs delayed d5
06:02 Line-2.1: Black plays 5…cxd4, then 6…d5
07:24 Line-2.1: Black’s alternative to 6…d5
11:02 Line-2.1: If Black doesn’t play immediate Qf6
12:03 Line-2.2: Black plays immediate 5…d5
13:36 Mainline: Most aggressive Na3 line
15:46 Black’s losing responses after Na3
18:12 Black’s correct response after Na3
23:38 Conclusion of Portsmouth/Smirnov Gambit

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18 Comments

  1. Hi, at 21:30, what should white move if black castling queen side,0-0-0?

  2. Hi Igor, after watching these video, it really help me so much and become interesting in this opening, thanks and please don't stop uploading them!

  3. At 10:46 after Knc3, with the d-pawn variation, what if black plays Be7?
    It seems nearly hopeless after that, with white missing a Rook…

  4. a big thanks for your uploads from Germany!! Your videos are very interesting because they show new ideas and tricky stuff. I really enjoy to watch them so I hope to see more of that!!!!! Thanks!!:D

  5. It work great 🙂 and many people still not know it
    blitz game 15+10 6-3 2013
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 Nxb4 4.c3 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 e6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 Qxd5 9.O-O Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Bd7 11.Nf3 Nf6 12.Nc3 1-0 by resign he think too long and had less time 🙂 and i'm a piece up.and a tempo in development

    Thank u very much GM Igor Smirnov U rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I've been playing this in blitz and have a great record.  It's a lot of fun even if it might not be sound.

  7. Good video but this is actually known as the Portsmouth Gambit and it's been around for a while.

  8. he says that in the second vid

  9. This isn't addressed I'm 5 years late to the party but I think there is an issue here. We're dismissing cxd4 by black because it helps White's development but after White responds with cxd4, Black can play e6 now and if White follows with d5 the counter-punch of Qf6 is way way stronger because Black gets to play QxR without White getting in Qxc2 first, down a tempo the Queen trap is impossible. This means White can't play d5, so Black will in the next move and we're basically down a pawn for nothing.

  10. Thanks for this video, plz upload more videos interesting. I won 12-0 in my blitz and rapid games

  11. What to do if 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4 cb4 4.d4 d5 5.ed5 Qd5 6.c4 Qd8 7.d5 Nb8 8.Bf4 Nf6

  12. GM Smirnov, thanks for this fun gambit! Your accent makes the explanation even more enjoyable!

  13. Hi igor, great series of the Smirnof gambit. What happens if black declines the gambit and plays B6. White plays B5, and knight moves away?

  14. ► Chapters

    00:00 Portsmouth Gambit, Sicilian Defense

    00:39 Line-2: If Black plays 3…Nxb4

    01:21 Sidelines in Line-2, allowing White's d5

    05:22 Line-2: Black's immediate d5 vs delayed d5

    06:02 Line-2.1: Black plays 5…cxd4, then 6…d5

    07:24 Line-2.1: Black's alternative to 6…d5

    11:02 Line-2.1: If Black doesn't play immediate Qf6

    12:03 Line-2.2: Black plays immediate 5…d5

    13:36 Mainline: Most aggressive Na3 line

    15:46 Black's losing responses after Na3

    18:12 Black's correct response after Na3

    23:38 Conclusion of Portsmouth/Smirnov Gambit

  15. Hi Igor, what about the others second move for Black like 2. d6, e6, a6 or g6?

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