# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. d4

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Smith-Morra Gambit
 a b c d e f g h 8 8 7 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 c5 2. d4

# Smith-Morra Gambit

The Smith-Morra Gambit is an aggressive pawn sacrifice in order to gain development, this variation of the Sicilian Defense can lead to a sharper - tactical game, but the opening is very rare nowadays.

Pros:

• Gains development
• Get white's king castled quicker

Cons:

• Black is a pawn up
• Black might have solutions to equalize the game or decline the gambit
• Only one center pawn since Black took White's d pawn and c pawn

## Theory table

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

1. e4 c5 2. d4
2 3 4 5
Smith-Morra Gambit

Accepted

d4
cxd4
c3
dxc3
Nxc3
Nc6
Nf3
d6
=
Smith-Morra Gambit

Declined, Push Variation

...

...

... Bxd3

Nc6

Nf3

d6

=
Franco-Sicilian Defense d4
e6
= to 1...e6 2. d4 c5 +/=