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asano234 101 ( +1 | -1 )
sicillian defense experts i have been playing the morra for many years but got a little dispondent about it as i got stronger and faced stronger opponents.however recently i have been toying with a slight improvement which seems to have improved my results but i am not sure how sound it is and want to see what you lot think.normally the morra begins 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd c3 etc.But i play 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 and if d6 then d4 and cxd c3 now that doesnt look like much so new the start of the game but the point is this in all refutation lines of the morra the pawn is on e6 not d6d6 is considered bad and can be a source of attack ie an untimely knight f6 with the white bishop on c4 can walk into e5.this little detail has won me a lot of games and the lengths black goes to to hold onto the extra pawn only encourages my rageing attacks.for a pawn this slightly i believe improved morra is well worth a punt and until someone shows me it is refutable i will continue to play it as i aint lost with it yet..please give me your opinion as i will value it.thanks
caldazar 36 ( +1 | -1 )
First, the obvious problem. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 or 2... Nc6 doesn't get you the supposed improvement you desire.

Turning to 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. c3, 4... dxc3 5. Nxc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O is about equal, but the resulting positions are likely suited to your tastes as a Morra player, so no problems there. What Black can (and probably should) do is play back into the c3-Sicilian lines (like he can do in the Morra proper) with 4... Nf6.
atrifix 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Main line Morra after 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3, the main move is 5... d6 (6. Bc4 e6 etc. Other moves aren't particularly better than 5... d6, and only 5... e6 6. Bc4 d6 etc. is really acceptable). So really playing 2. Nf3 first just offers a transposition back to the main line, although Black can get into trouble if he refrains from playing ...e6. However, this move order does avoid the declined lines with 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 d5 (although 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. c3 Nf6 is still viable).