Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Why Did He Play That Move?" Redux

Shades of "Why did he play that move?": my opponent would have been well-served by asking himself that, after my 12th move. As a result, what could have been an interesting tangle got short-circuited.

perrypawnpusher - Makeyourmove,
blitz, FICS, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qd5+ Ke8 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3 Nf6 

This is a standard position in the 6...Ng6 Jerome Gambit - this is the 45th time for me. 

Black continues to develop and prepare for castling-by-hand - impressive, for a player who, at least according to The Database, has not played or faced a Jerome Gambit (at least on FICS).

10.0-0 Kf7 11.f4 Re8 12.f5

This position appeared as early as Vazquez,A - Carrington,W, Mexico, 2nd match (1), 1876 (1-0, 34).

This is my 10th game with it on the board, having won 6 and lost 3 to date. Twice my opponents made it easy for me - and now, today.

Why does White allow Black to take his e-pawn? 

12...Rxe4 13.fxg6+ 

Zwischenzug.  Intermediate move.


After equally incautious 13...Kxg6 White has 14.Rxf6+ Qxf6 15.Qxe4+ as in perrypawnpusher - mconst, blitz, FICS, 2011 (0-1, 18).

Black's best is 13...Kg8 and after 14.gxh7+ then 14...Kh8 (14...Kxh7 allows 15.Qd3) when White has an edge; he should focus on development, as Houdini suggested after the game, 15.Qf2 Rg4 16.d3 b6 17.Nd2 Bb7 18.Nf3

14.Qxe4 Black resigned 

perrypawnpusher - bnxr, blitz, FICS, 2011 (1-0, 29) continued another 15 moves, with the same result.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dealing With the Unusual in the Unusual

Here is another game from Jerome Gambit Gemeinde member fehim at FICS, showing his opponent the proper way to deal with an unusual response - to an, admittedly, unusual opening.

fehim - pnicolas
blitz, FICS. 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.f4 Bd6

White is no doubt used to being the one to introduce "unusual" into his games. Yet, here Black's play is inventive (not to be mistaken with "strong") and it becomes clear it is time to provide corrective action. Black, wandering away from the "main lines" of the Jerome Gambit can only find disaster...

8. Qf5+ 

A bit better than his later 8.fxe5 Bxe5 9.O-O (After 9.Qf5+ White is better) 9...Nf6 (Instead, 9... g6 is equal) 10.Qf5+ Kd6 11.c3 c5 12.Na3 g6? 13.Nc4+ Kc6 14.Nxe5+ Kc7 15.Qxf6 d6 16.Qg7+ Kb8 17.Nf7 Rg8 18.Nxd8 Rxg7 19.Rf8 Kc7 20.Ne6+ Bxe6 21.Rxa8 Black resigned, fehim - raviven, FICS, 2013

8...Ke7 9.fxe5 Bc5 

Quick disaster also followed with 9...Nh6 10.exd6+ Kxd6 11.Qd5+ Ke7 12.O-O c6 13.Qe5 checkmateWall,B - xChristopher, FICS, 2010


Taking advantage of the hapless, misplaced Bishop.


10...Bb4+ 11.c3 Ba5 did not help, for similar reasons, in MariaTavares - Motyl, FICS, 2005, (1-0, 13).

11.Bg5+ Black resigned

Black will have to give back a piece - for starters - with 11...Nf6, and will not escape further losses and an eventual checkmate.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Italian Game Tournament Finish

As expected, JoseSoza of Chile won the recently completed Italian Game Tournament at with a record of 17 wins, one loss, and 7 draws. Congratulations on such an achievement!

Second place was taken by vz721 of Russia, with a record of 15 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Fighting play, and the second highest number of wins!

Third place was taken by perrypawnpusher of the U.S.A. (that's me), with a record of 13 wins, 6 losses, and 5 draws.

The tournament was a 4-round affair, starting with 20 players in 5 groups, with the top players advancing each round. While the first round had 5 groups of four, the second round had 3 groups of 3 and one of four, and the third round had 1 group of three and 1 group of four. This allowed for different numbers of games played for different finalists.

I tallied 5 - 3 with the Jerome Gambit - two losses to JoseSoza, one to vz721.

(A Random Note: May, 2011, was the month, so far, with the most page views for this blog, since it started in June, 2008 . However, this month, November 2013, is racing toward the top and likely will overtake it! My "Welcome!" and "Thank You! to everyone stopping by. - Rick) 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

It's Not Over Until It's Over (And Maybe Not Even Then)

The following game (and its notes) tests the assertion that It's not a blunder if it isn't refuted - the theme song of those who play the Jerome Gambit, after all.

fehim  - BlkSabb

blitz, FICS, 2013

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

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 d6 

The Blackburne Defense to the Jerome Gambit, based on the famous game, Amateur - Blackburne, London, 1885.

8.Qxh8 Qh4 9.0-0 Nf6 10.d3

Fehim, who has been playing the Jerome Gambit on FICS since at least 2005, had only encountered the Blackburne Defense once before, and that game was something he probably wanted to improve upon, as it is a story all itself.

fehim - zsifkovitspeter, blitz, FICS, 2007, continued 10.d4 Bxd4 (the "only" move for Black was 10...Bh3 11.gxh3 Rxh8 12.dxc5 Nxe4 13.cxd6 cxd6 when he would be better) 11.Be3 (Leads to a big Black advantage, while 11.Qd8 Bb6 12.Nd2 Bh3 13.Nf3 Rxd8 14. Nxh4 Bd7 would let White hold on) 11...Bd7 (Continuing the friendly "give aways," when, instead, 11...Ng4 would be crushing.) 12.g3 (Instead, grabbing the Rook with 12.Qxa8 gives White the clear advantage.) 12...Qh3 13.Qxa8 Ng4 14.Rd1 Qxh2+ 15.Kf1 Nxe3+ 16.Ke2 Bb5+ 17.Kf3 Qh5+ 18.Kf4 Qg4 White was checkmated.

After the Blackburne game, the Jerome Gambit was largely seen as busted by the Rook sacrifice - although commentary at the time, suggesting 10.Qd8, actually gave White the advantage.


Previously I noted
The problem with this move is that White has 32 possible responses: 31 lead to an advantage (most of them mate) for Black. However, one leads to a win for White. 
As seen before, 10...Bh3 wins, RevvedUp-Hiarcs 8, blitz 2 12, 2006 (0-1, 12).

10...Ke6 led to a sustained battle in Knightpusher - MiloBot, FICS, 2011 (1-0, 47).


White tried another defense with 11.h3 - 11...Bf5 (Black would consolidate, instead, with 11...Ne5 12.Nd2 Bxh3 13.Qxe5 dxe5) 12.Qxa8 (Instead, White is saved by the electric 12.Bg5!? Qxf2+ - what else? - 13.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 14.Kf1 Rxh8 15.hxg4 Bd4 16.c3 Bxe4 17.dxe4 Bf6) 12...Bxf2+ 13.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 14.Kh1 Qf1 checkmate, Kriton - Schoenwettermatt, FICS, 2013.


Black could have gone for the cheapo, 11...Bxf2+, since 12.Rxf2? (12.Kh1 is sufficient - if White can find, after 12...Bf5 13.Qxa8 Nxh2 the return 14.Qd8!? when he gets sufficient material for his Queen: 14...Qxd8 15.Bxh2 Bd4 16.c3 Be5 17.Nd2 Bxh2 18.Kxh2 Qg5 19.Rad1 Ke7 20.exf5 gxf5) Qxf2+ 13.Kh1 Qf1 is checkmate.

12.Bg3 Black resigned

The play was not over, however, for the earlier game, stampyshortlegs - blackburne, JG Tourney5, ChessWorld, 2010, continued further 12...Qh6 13.Bxf2 Bf5 14.Bxc5 Rxh8 15.Bd4 Re8 16.exf5 gxf5 17.Rxf5+ Ke6 18.Rf6+ Qxf6 19.Bxf6 Kxf6 20.Nc3 c6 21.Ne4+ Ke5 22.Re1 Kd4 23.Kf2 d5 24.Nd6 Rb8 25.Re7 Kc5 26.Nxb7+ Kb6 27.Rxh7 Rxb7 28.Rxb7+ Kxb7 29.h4 when Black resigned.