Saturday, May 18, 2013

More Creative Excitement

For the latest in exciting ways to play the Italian Game (C50) - strong gambits in the Giuoco Pianissimo - stop by the link from this blog to "Bruno's Chess Opening Articles", or go directly to the new stuff, featuring the Evans-Bukayev gambit deferred, from Yury Bukayev!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Don't Take That Pawn

Black is doing fine in the following game until he decides to grab a pawn to increase his lead.

HauntedKnight - uwehah
standard, FICS, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.Bxf7+ 


The Italian Four Knights Jerome Gambit.

5...Kxf7 6.Nxe5+ Nxe5 7.d4 Ng6 


8.dxc5 Re8 9.0-0 Nxe4 


This looks like a "freebie" as the Black King is not on the open e-file. However...

10.Nxe4 Rxe4 11.Qf3+ Rf4 12.Bxf4 Nxf4 13.Qxf4+ Kg8 14.Rfe1
Black resigned

Black is only down an exchange and a pawn, but it is difficult to find compensation.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wall's Wall



The tension in the following game comes from the advance of Bill Wall's wall of "Jerome pawns". His opponent's return of a piece was an interesting idea, but it turned out not to be enough.

Wall,B - Guesty1960624
Playchess.com, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+


4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 


White is usually happy to see this move, as it means that he will be able to capture Black's pesky dark-square Bishop, freeing the "Jerome pawns" to advance.

7.Qd5+ Kf8 8.Qxc5+ N8e7 9.0-0 d6 10.Qc4 


10...Bd7 11.d4 Nc6 12.f4 Qf6 13.f5 Nge7 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Nc3 Qf7 16.Qd3 a6 

The game appears about even, although Black's King prevents his Rooks from communicating, and he may become ill at ease behind his Queen, if the f-file opens.

17.g4 h6 18.h4 Qf6 19.g5 hxg5 20.hxg5 Qf7 


Black's plan is to show that White's pawns have advanced too far, leaving the White King at risk. He is willing to return a piece to make his point.

21.f6 Qh5 22.fxe7+ Kxe7 23.Nd5+ Kd8 24.Kf2 Rf8+ 25.Ke1 Qh4+ 

This gives White's King a jump on his escape. Probably better was 25...Rxf1+ 26.Qxf1 Qh4+ 27.Kd2 Qxe4 with a messy, but balanced, game.

26.Kd2 Qh2+ 27.Kc3 Rh8 28.Rf7 g6 29.Qf1 Ke8 30.Qf6 Black resigned

Even giving up most of his army will not save Black from mate: 30...Qh7 31.Rf1 Bf5 32.Rxf5 Qxf7 33.Qxh8+ Kd7 34.Rxf7+ Ne7 35.Rxe7+ Kc6 36.Qxc8 b6 37.Qe8+ Kb7 38.Rxc7#

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Classics II (a first look)



As mentioned in the last post, I have suggested that those who play, and those who face, the Jerome Gambit, would benefit from becoming familiar with "the classics" of that line.

That got me thinking: What would those classics be?

Here are the additional games from a preliminary sketch.

6. Charlick - Mann, correspondence, Australia, 1881

The Australian player Charlick, who had already played an "Evans-Jerome Gambit" against Holloway in 1877, won a long correspondence game with the Jerome Gambit against John Mann in 1881. Again, an interesting game, and another example of the Gambit's spread around the world.

7. Jerome - S.A. Charles, correspondence, 1881

As I noted in "The Jerome Gambit Gemeinde (early)"

S. A. Charles, a member of the Cincinnati (Ohio, USA) Chess Club, wrote opening analyses, first for the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, then later for the Pittsburgh Telegraph. It is in the latter paper that in 1881 he presented his examination of the Jerome Gambit. That year he also played an incomplete Jerome Gambit correspondence match with Alonzo Jerome.

None of the games were completed before Jerome withdrew, because of "business engagements". This match has been given scant coverage in the blog. The situation will be rectified later this year.

8. Amateur - Blackburne, London, 1885

The best-known Jerome Gambit game (even if Blackburne got the year wrong in his book), a crushing win by Black. Later analysis showed how White could get the advantage. Even later analysis showed how the game could have ended in a tense draw.

9. Sorensen, S.A. -X, Denmark, 1888

This game, the first that I have been able to find with the "pie in the face" defense, also celebrates Lt. Sorensen, who, in the May 1877 issue of Nordisk Skaktidende, wrote a very influential article on the Jerome Gambit, which was translated and republished widely.

10. Tonetti - Ruggeri, Rome, 1890

The King-hunt in this game makes the Jerome Gambit almost look like a legitimate opening. Almost.