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Mayhem in the Morra Book Club 
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Don't take my scepticism for meaning I'm not a fan. It's clearly a good book but if you want to truly understand something a great way is to take it apart, test every component and put it back together again with strengthened pieces where elements didn't stand up to scrutiny.

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Agreed. Despite my previous remarks, I am a bigger fan of objectivity.

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Post Re: Mayhem in the Morra Book Club
I am curious: What does he suggest against declined Morra with d3? As far as I know this "just" leads to a Marczy bind type of position where dry positional play is demanded istead of exciting gambit play...

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Hey ZA- good to know you are still lurking around. :)

The short answer is I don't know. I haven't read the chapter thoroughly yet and even if I had, I wouldn't know the difference between what he advocates compared to normal Maroczy Bind theory which I don't know much about anyway. Considering that the subtitle of the chapter is "Squeeze, Squeeze, Squeeze", I suspect that it's normal Maoczy stuff but I dunno yet. It's actually been a while since anyone played d3 against me- mostly I see the Nf6 declination. I remember thinking that d3 was not such a big deal when people were playing it against me but I knew a lot less then, if that's possible.

Here is the first game in the chapter, if that helps:

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Post Re: Mayhem in the Morra Book Club
thanx for posting the game. I am not impressed by white's play, but shocked by black's defensive mistakes. The black player just makes standard hedgehog moves without considering the actual position. It is a typical encounter between players of different strength.

The bad thing about the Morra is that everybody who is not feeling well prepared will decline it and all ways to do so are leading to completely different types of position. Nf6 normally leads to Alapin, d3 to Maroczy bind (if black goes g6) or hedgehog (if he doesn't), additionally after 3... g6 4. cxd4 d5 now exd5 transposes to Caro-Kann Panov, and e5 is something completely different.
Everybody who accepts the Morra either is well prepared or has no clue.

So in terms of forming an opening rep you either have to cover many additional stuff or make the possible transpositions like Panov to your main weapons.

But in general I am a fan of gambit play because it teaches you how handle and keep the initiative and this is very valueable.

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Wise words, zeit. Luckily, many don't have a clue, that's me :)

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Looks like we lost some momentum but I'm still studying the morra. Have you seen the lenderman videos on icc?

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Sorry, I've been busy lately- I am still rereading too. I will get back to discussion mode in a day or two. I haven't seen all of Lenderman's vids but I liked what I did see. He and Esserman are certainly the two main US proponents of the Morra.

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Hey Kamus, it looks like this site is flatlining, but before it's completely put to rest, how about we try a dual commentary game in the morra? I'm willing to play the clueless victim- no acting required!

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I'd be up for it but I'm slammed with work at the moment. I'll check in with some possible times next week.

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If you haven't already seen this, it's worth checking out: http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2012/ ... pdate.html

as is this: http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2012/ ... smith.html

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Ive picked the book up again but since time is limited I'm skimming the games and skipping the theory sections. I'll study in more detail after the tournament and we can restart when you're les busy with your uni teaching.

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Opponental didn't play too well in a 45/45 casual ICC game...


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Here's a quickie from today against the Scheveningen setup. Obviously, ...h6? is too slow- Nf6 (with a horrible position) was called for. The later ...b5 overlooks the deadly sac on e6. He resigned as he can't deal with the dual threats of Qxa8 and Re1, picking up the queen.

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Hi guys,

It is a shame the book club never took off. Nonetheless, I have persisted with the Morra and it is continuously bearing fruit. Here's a game from the ICC 45+45 league:


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