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Mayhem in the Morra Paperback – July 1, 2012
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“In 2011, when preparing for the US Championship, I decided to employ the Morra Gambit as a surprise weapon if given the chance. Marc supplied me with a vast amount of analysis and novelties for that tournament and I became convinced that the gambit was not only dangerous, but perfectly sound. There is no greater authority in the world on this line than Marc Esserman and he lays it all out there in this book.”
Foreword by GM Larry Christiansen
About the Author
Marc Esserman is an International Master from the USA who has played and analyzed the Morra Gambit for most of his life.
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More than a pocket knife, this book offers secret agent type weapons with tremendous surprise value to complicate and even mystify your opponent. He covers, with great entertainment value, lines of the Siberian trap, Scheveningen, Dragon, Chicago, Maroczy, and c3 Sicillian. Both Morra accepted and Morra declined avenues are richly annotated with replies that at first seem to gambit perhaps another pawn, knight or bishop - but offer more hidden avenues to winning that will defy the bean counters of Chess.
I have never read a more lively, rich, or entertaining chess book. I had many reservations on this swashbuckling, derring-do line of attack for white against the Scillian. Testing the Smith-Morra out in tournament play after only reading the first half of this book proved more than victorious for white, it proved to be an awful lot of fun.
What really recommends the book to me is how it somehow simultaneously manages to be entertaining (you can enjoy it simply by reading through without even looking at any of the chess) and instructive. But more than that-- the book is instructive for both intermediate and advanced, very advanced players. He hits that balance by providing detailed comments for us mortals in the first half of each chapter and then building to more complex situations until finally ending the chapter with some mind-boggling theoretical material. The theory here is impressive, and a sample check with my computers (not such a simple test, as this book also shows again and again) indicates that these lines are sound, or at least will be difficult to refute outright. Much of the theory is completely original material, not reguritated from endless computer lines and not taken from 100s of other sources. Instead, a lot of the theory relies on situtions from practical play from tournaments but also from blitz, rapid, and on-line games.Read more ›
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There is a lot of motivating energy in this book! It covered lines I did not know existed, and I have played the Morra for many decades!Published 3 months ago by Alfred J. Wood
Very well written by someone who so obviously loves to play this opening.I am new to it and find it a fun and enjoyable opening. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victor Radywonik
Fun opening to play. Fun book to read. Esserman is a great author. I'd give it more stars if I could.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The bizzy bizomb of chess books. Wanna play a wild game and juice people! Read this book! You gotta understand chess annotation to understand it.Published 7 months ago by Josh Hood
Worth every penny! Even if every line in it were unsound (which they are not) it still gave me so many more ideas than I had had before purchasing the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard Robinson
This book sums up years of opening preparation and understanding by IM Marc Esserman of the Morra Gambit. For him this is a biblical work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mojojojo50
This book is a major breakthrough for the Morra Gambit (aka the Smith-Morra Gambit). IM Marc Esserman, who has used the opening to defeat strong grandmasters, expounds a totally... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Childress
I purchased this book from the author after he smashed me in a tournament game in one of the main Morra lines. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anonymous