Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Different Kind of "Jerome Pawn"

When I write about "Jerome pawns" I usually refer to two or three linked White center pawns in the Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+) that advance to cramp Black's game, form the front of an attack, or encourage the defender to return the sacrificed piece.

The following game, however, highlights a hungry, hungry "Jerome pawn" that makes its way to promotion - While Black's Bishop tries its hardest to produce a distraction.

Shishkin,A - Makoyedov,A, 2014

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

4...Kxf7 5.0-0 d6 6.h3

White calmly castles and protects his Kingside in this "modern" variation of the Jerome.


Black has violent intentions, however.

7.c3 Be6

...And an occasional inattention.

8.d4 exd4 9.cxd4 Bb6 10.d5


This Bishop will chew up White's Kingside while White's pawn chews up Black's Queenside. The outcomes are different, however.

11.dxc6 Bxg2 12.cxb7 Bxf1 13.Qd5+ 

Support for the pawn is critical.

13...Ke7 14.bxa8Q Bxf2+ 15.Kxf2 Black resigned

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