Friday, December 6, 2013

Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit: Don't Try To Out-Think Me

Instead of trying to find something "new" in the Jerome Gambit variations (in this case, the Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit) it is far simpler - and far more important - for Black to simply play the established lines and go for the win.

My opponent in the following game tries to get ahead of me in terms of thinking - this was wasted effort.

perrypawnpusher - michon
blitz, FICS, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Bxf7+

The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit.


Black was hoping for 4.Nxe5?!, so that he could play the thematic 4...Qg5!?.

White White has a number of 4th moves that give him an advantage (e.g. 4.Nxd4, 4.0-0, 4.c3) I have always been partial to 4.Bxf7+, which, objectively leads to an even game, but which, subjectively, leads to a lot of fun play for White.

I have referred to Black's refusal of the piece on move 4 as some kind of "Jedi mind trick" but The Force is not strong in this one...

Black should try to out-play me, not try to out-think me.

5.Bxg8 d6 

This not an improvement on the more reasonable 5...Rxg8, which was played by my opponent against me a month ago in perrypawnpusher - michon, blitz, FICS, 2013 (1-0, 41). Obviously, my 4.Bxf7+ at that time did not make an impression upon him.

6.d3 Be6 

Way too casual. One problem is that there isn't even time to capture the Bishop with 6...Rxg8.

7.Bg5+ Kd7 8.Bxd8 Black resigned

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chessic Hurricane

The 6...Ng6 defense to the Jerome Gambit, setting up (after the capture of Black's dark-squared Bishop) the piece vs two pawns conflict, gives White a lot of chance for dynamic play.

Bill Wall's latest Jerome shows Whites game developing into a chessic hurricane.

Wall,B - Guest392045, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6

7.Qd5+ Kf8 8.Qxc5+ d6 9.Qe3 Nf6

10.d3 Qe7 11.0-0 Bd7 12.f4 Kg8 13.Nc3 h6

Black plans to castle-by-hand, putting his King on h7. This will link his Rooks and help complete his development, but the time spent will help White advance his plans, too.


Bill pointed out that 14.d4 was also possible, and maybe the tiniest bit better than the text. White's advance is pure Jerome, however.

14...Ne5 15.h3 Kh7 16.g4 

 Or 16.b3 with 17.Bb2 to follow. Black is still better.

16...Rhf8 17.b3 Bc6 18.Bb2 Rae8 19.Rae1 b6 20.Ne2 Bb7 21.Nf4 

Both sides have focused on development. White is now threatening 22.Bxe5 and 23.Ng6, forking his opponent's Queen and Rook .

21...Qd7 22.Ne6

White's Knight is powerful enough that Black cannot let it stand.

22...Rxe6 23.fxe6 Qxe6 24.Rf5 Re8

Black's edge is small. White will continue to focus  on the enemy King's position.

25.Ref1 Nfd7 26.g5 Qg6 27.Kh2 Bc8 28.gxh6


A slip. Bill gives the tactical line to maintain equality: 28...Nf6 29.Bxe5 Bxf5 30.Bxf6 Qxf6 31.Qg3 g6 32.exf5 Re2+ 33.Rf2 Rxf2+ 34.Qxf2 gxf5.

White has a Rook for two Knights. He has time to put the Rook on the g-file.

29.Rg1 Qe6

Black threatens 30... Qxf5 31.exf5 Ng4+ and 32...Rxe3

30.Bc1 Rf8

Missing the threat. He should, instead, as Bill points out, play 30...Rg8 31.Rxg8 Kxg8 32.Qxh6 Qxh6 33.Bxh6. Black would have two pieces vs a Rook and two pawns, but his situation would be better than after the text.


Even stronger, according to Bill, is 31.d4, e.g.  31...Nc6 (31...Nf7 32.Qg3; 31...Ng6 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.Rxg6+) 32.d5 when Black's need to protect h6 cripples his play.



Black resigned.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Blitz Can Be So Cruel

It's not always nice to repeat myself, but, here I go, from "Not So Fast There!"

In blitz chess, the moves come fast, but the thoughts come faster.

Much better that way, than the other way around.

My opponent was on his way to one of the most potent refutations of the Jerome Gambit - until he wasn't. Blitz can be so cruel.

perrypawnpusher - paolinoscottino
blitz, FICS, 2013

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

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Qh4+ 

I always hate it when an opponent rattles off his moves like a machine gun, entering such a deadly line as this one.

9.g3 Qg4 

Okay, either he was bluffing, he forgot how the line plays out, or he was engaging in a bit of you-check-my-King-and-I'll-check-your-King which turns out not to be so harmless.


A wicked Zwischenzug, as in the last post.

Here,  Black resigned in perrypawnpusher  - vastatorjf, blitz, FICS, 2013

10...Kc6 11.Qxg4 d6 12.Qxg7 Be6 13.Qxh8 Bg4 14.exd6 Bxd6 15.O-O Bc5+ 16.d4 Bd6 17.e5 Be7 18.Qxh7 Be2 19.Qe4+ Kd7 20.Qxe2 Black resigned