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🔹 Portsmouth Gambit (Smirnov Gambit) Playlist –
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.
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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