Saturday, April 6, 2013

More Russian Home Cooking

I can always count on Yury V. Bukayev for new and interesting chess ideas. Check my link to Bruno's Chess Opening Articles, or "Something New in Something Old" or "Even in the Most Respectable of Settings" or "Update" or "Trick Fork" or "Improve Your Chess" or any number of other posts you can search this site for.

Here's the latest email that I have received. I have not dug deeply into the idea, but it is sure to put a sparkle in your play!

Dear Rick, 
I have the following new present for you! It's my discovery! 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 h6 5.a3 (White has the auxiliary threat: 6.b4.) 5...Nd4? 6.Bf7!! White has a very strong attack! (6.Ne5?! Qg5!-+; after 6.Na4 or 6.b4 black can play 6...Bd6! without fast white's winning.) If you agree, you may call it as "Bukayev GP Jerome counter gambit", where "GP" is the well-known words: "giuoco piano". Later I'll write you about interesting line: 5.Qe2 Nd4...
Best wishes! Yury V. Bukayev

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Although the Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit leads to play that is "objectively" even, Black's King often suffers the consequences of a defender's mis-step.

Clydeco - chaparov
standard, FICS, 2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 

The Blackburne Shilling Gambit.


The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit.

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke6 6.c3 Kxe5 7.cxd4+ Ke6 

Black wisely decides not to feast upon any pawns. He has had a couple uncomfortable past experiences: 7...Kxe4 8.Qg4+ Kd5 9.Nc3+ Kc6 10.d5+ Kd6 (10...Kb6 11.0-0 Nf6 12.Qd4+ Bc5 13.Na4+ Ka6 14.Nxc5+ Kb5 15.a4+ Ka5 16.d3 b5 17.b4+ Kb6 18.a5 checkmate, Dropshot - chaparov, standard, FICS, 2011)11.d4 Ke7 12.Bg5+ Nf6 13.0-0-0 Kf7 14.Qf4 h6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Qxc7 Bd6 17.Qc4 b5 18.Nxb5 Ba6 19.Nxd6+ Qxd6 20.Qb3 Rhc8+ 21.Kb1 Bc4 22.Qf3+ Kg8 23.Rhe1 Bxd5 24.Qh5 Bf7 25.Qa5 Qxh2 26.g4 Qxf2 27.g5 Qc2+ 28.Ka1 h5 29.Rf1 Bg6 30.Qd5+ Kh7 31.Qxd7 Rf8 32.Rh1 Rf2 33.Qb7 Re8 34.d5 Ree2 35.Rb1 Qa4 36.Qc6 Bxb1 37.Rxh5+ Kg8 38.Qxa4 Bxa2 39.Qe8+ Rf8 40.Kxa2 Rexe8 41.d6 Rd8 42.g6 Rf5 43.Rxf5 Rxd6 44.Rf7 Rxg6 45.Rxa7 Kh7 46.Ra3 Kh6 47.Rh3+ Kg5 48.b4 Kf5 49.Rf3+ Ke4 50.Rf8 Rb6 51.Kb3 g5 52.Ka4 g4 53.Ka5 Rb7 54.Rg8 g3 55.b5 Kf4 56.Ka6 Rf7 57.b6 Kf3 58.b7 g2 59.b8Q Rf6+ 60.Ka7 Rf7+ 61.Ka8 Kf2 62.Qh2 Kf1 63.Rxg2 Ke1 64.Kb8 Rf8+ 65.Kc7 Rf7+ 66.Kd8 Rf8+ 67.Ke7 Rf1 68.Qe5+ Kd1 69.Qa1 checkmate, Truntin - chaparov, blitz, FICS, 2012.

8.Nc3 Bb4

A casual move that brings much misfortune.

Previously played: 8...Kf7 9.Qh5+ (9.Qb3+ Ke8 10.d3 c6 11.0-0 d6 12.Bf4 Qf6 13.Ne2 Qe6 14.d5 cxd5 15.Nd4 Qf6 16.Qb5+ Kf7 17.Qxd5+ Kg6 18.e5 Qxf4 19.Ne6 Bxe6 20.Qxe6+ Kh5 21.Rae1 Black forfeited on time, papernoose - nuum, FICS, 2004g6 10.Qf3+ Qf6 11.Qd3 Bg7 12.e5 Qa6 13.Qf3+ Ke8 14.d3 Ne7 15.0-0 Rf8 16.Qh3 h5 17.Qg3 d6 18.Bg5 dxe5 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Nd5+ Kd8 21.dxe5 Bf5 22.e6 Qd6 23.e7+ Ke8 24.exf8Q+ Bxf8 25.Nxc7+ Kd7 26.Nxa8 Qxg3 27.fxg3 Bc5+ 28.d4 Bxd4+ 29.Kh1 Bxb2 30.Rab1 Bxb1 31.Rxb1 Ba3 32.Rxb7+ Kc6 33.Rxa7 Bc5 34.Rg7 Kb5 35.Rxg6 h4 36.gxh4 Kc4 37.Rg5 Be3 38.Rg3 Bf4 39.Rg4 Kd5 40.Rxf4 Kc6 41.h5 Kd6 42.h6 Ke6 43.h7 Ke5 44.Rf7 Ke6 45.h8Q Kxf7 46.g4 Ke6 47.g5 Kf7 White ran out of time and Black had no material to mate, draw, Randompl - Steftcho, FICS, 2012


The obvious move for White, but is there more for him than just a piece? He decides to find out.

9...Kf6 10.Nd5+ Kg6 11.Nf4+ Kg5

Where the King wanders matters: 11...Kf6 was necessary to keep Black's losses to only the Bishop on b4. Now the King himself is lost.

12.Qf7 Qf6 13.Qd5+ Kxf4 14.Ke2 Qg6 15.d3+ Kg4 16.h3+ Kh4 17.g3+ Qxg3 18.fxg3+ Kxg3 19.Qg5 checkmate

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Database - Updated

Although it still needs a bit of polishing, The Database has been updated through February 2013.

The Database is a free PGN database of  nearly 29,000 Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+), Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Bxf7+), and Semi-Italian Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6 4.0-0/4.Nc3/4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxf7+) games; as well as games following the so-far-unnamed order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Na5 4.Bxf7+

A good number of the games in The Database are either Italian Four Knights Jerome Gambits (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.Bxf7+) or Semi-Italian Four Knight Jerome Gambits (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6 4.0-0/4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nc3 / 5.0-0 Bc5 6.Bxf7+)

If you are interested, email me at

Sunday, March 31, 2013

What will it take?

Playing over Bill Wall's latest Jerome Gambit, I broke out in song...*

I mean, it's tough to beat Mr. Wall. 

Okay, sometimes he gives an opponent a chance by giving "Jerome Gambit odds". 

And what if, on top of that, he had a terrible mouse slip?

And then - he wins the game, anyhow?

I mean, what does it take?

Wall,B - Guest2208830, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Kf8 7.Qf5+? 

The mouse slip, although it is not a "TN", as The Database contains Bogsnes - exactemente, blitz, FICS, 2011 (0-1, 7) . Of course, the correct move is 7.Qxe5

7...Qf6 8.Nc3 Qxf5 9.exf5 Nf6 10.d3 d5 11.Bg5 c6 12.O-O-O Bxf5

Black captures the wrong pawn (he should have played 12...Bxf2) but his position still looks great. It simply isn't the right time to revert to choosing "second (or third, or fourth) best" moves.

13.d4 Bxd4 14.Rxd4 Nf7 15.Be3 a6 16.Rb4 b5 17.Rf4 Be6 18.Re1 

Threatening 19.Bc5+ and 20.Rxe6 

18...Re8 19.Rf3 Ke7 20.Bd4 Ng5 21.Rg3 Nge4  

22.Rxg7+ Kd6 23.f3 Nxc3 24.Be5+ Kc5 25.Bxf6 Nxa2+ 26.Kb1 Nb4 27.Re7 Rxe7 28. Bxe7+ Kc4 

It will not take much more... for White to score the point.

 29.Rxe6 c5 30.Bf6

Threatening 31.b3 mate

30...d4 31. Bxh8 Black resigned

*Mister Bill

(based on "Mister Blue", words and music by Tom Paxton deranged by Rick Kennedy)

Good morning Mister Bill, we've gathered quite a fill.
The evidence is clear, that you've been scheming.
You like to steal a point and terrorize the joint.
You like to brutalize our chessic dreaming.
What will it take, to whip you into line?
An offered piece?
A fumbled Knight?
It can be arranged.
It can be arranged.

Step softly Mister Bill, we know that danger is a thrill.

We know just where your mad attack will take you.
You've got a loss to fill, and fulfill it, yes, you will.
You'll learn to turn your King, or we'll soon make you.
Oh, what will it take, to whip you into line?
A bad mouse-slip?
A case of shaken nerves?
It can be arranged.
It can be arranged.

Be careful Mister Bill this phase that you're in, still,

Can lead you nowhere else, but to disaster.
Excuse us while we grin, you've worn our patience thin.
It's time to show you just who is your master.
What will it take, to whip you into -- What?
You threaten mate?
Please take my Rook?
It can be arranged.
It can be arranged.

Don't worry Mister Bill, you're in for one more thrill.

Just think of it as lightning and thunder.
But can we think again, oh, did we think again,
Or have we just performed a foolish blunder?
What did it take, to trip and take a fall?
A grevious pride?
A swelled-up head?
It seems it was arranged.
It seems it was arranged.