Sunday, June 8, 2014

Evans Gambit À La Jerome

From the latest collection of Jerome Gambit and Jerome-inspired games by Philidor1792...

Philidor1792 - Stranger

Casual Game,, 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4

The Evans Gambit.

4...Bb6 5.b5 Na5 6.Bxf7+

With a Jerome Gambit twist.

6...Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Kf8 8.Bb2

The alternative 8.d3 was seen in Philidor 1792 - guest2019,, 2013 (1-0, 33); while 8.Qf3+ appeared in Castled - perrypawnpusher, blitz, FICS, 2008 (0-1, 42).


A tactical oversight. 8...Qh4 was seen in Philidor 1792 - guest344,, 2013 (1-0, 22).

9.Nxd7+ Bxd7 10.Bxf6 Nxf6

Black has three pieces for the Queen - but White has three extra pawns.

11.d3 Bxb5 12.0-0 Re8 13.Nc3 Bc6 14.Ne2 Ke7 15.Ng3 Kd8 16.Kh1 h6 17.f4 Kc8 

Black has castled-by-hand - to the Queenside. An interesting battle lies ahead.

18.Nh5 Nxh5 19.Qxh5 Bd7 20.c4 Bd4

Possibly not well thought out, as it surrenders two pieces for a Rook.

21.Qxa5 Bxa1 22.Rxa1 a6 

It is time for the "Jerome pawns" to assert themselves.

23.e5 Bc6 24.d4 g5 25.d5 Bd7 26.g3 Bf5 27.Kg1 gxf4 28.gxf4 Rhg8+ 29.Kf2 Bh3 30.Rg1 Rxg1 31.Kxg1 Rg8+ 32.Kf2 Rg2+ 33.Kf3 Rg8 

Not 33...Rxh2, because of 34.Kg3, winning a piece.

Now Black's game collapses.

34.d6 cxd6 35.exd6 Bg4+ 36.Ke4 Re8+ 37.Kd5 Bf3+ 38.Kc5 Bc6 39.Qc7 checkmate

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