Saturday, August 9, 2014

Another RHP Jerome Gambit Tournament - Game 1

Familiarity with the Jerome Gambit can give Black an edge in play, as may be the case in the following game.

(Yet, when I sent jankrb a message of congratulations for winning the tournament, he replied that he had never played in any other Jerome Gambit tournament, so he had no more games to share. Interesting.) 

eagleswing (1096) - jankrb (2055)

Giuoco Piano Jerome Gambit Tournament,, 2013

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

4.Kxf7 5.c3

One of the "modern" (i.e. non-5.Nxe5+) lines in the Jerome Gambit which I have seen only in online play.


Black is ahead in development and decides to open the position. His King's relative lack of safety is not a big issue.

6.d3 Bb6 7.Be3

If White wants to stir up mischief, he probably needs to try something like 7.Ng5+. Houdini 3 offers an interesting line which is ultimately good for Black, as White's Queen is at risk, but it is complicated and tricky and the second player might slip along the way: 7...Kf8 8.Qh5 Qf6 9.O-O dxe4 10.Nxh7+ Rxh7 11.Qxh7 Bf5 12.Qh8 exd3 13.Be3 g6 14.Qh7 Bxe3 15.fxe3 Re8 16.e4 Re7 17.Rxf5 gxf5 18.Qh5.

7...Bxe3 8.fxe3 dxe4 9.dxe4 Qxd1+ 10.Kxd1 Nf6

Black is up a piece for a (doubled) pawn.

11.Nbd2 Rd8 12.h3

With this move White's game begins to unravel.

12...Nxe4 13.Ke2 Ng3+ 14.Kf2 Nxh1+ 15.Rxh1 Bf5

16.g4 Bg6 17.e4 Rd3 18.Ke2 Rad8 19.Ng5+ Kg8 20.Ngf3 b5 21.b4 a5 22.bxa5 Nxa5 23.Rc1 Nc4

24.Nxc4 bxc4 25.Rc2 Bxe4 26.Nxe5 Rxh3 27.Rc1 Ra8 28.Nxc4 Rxa2+ 29.Nd2 Bg6 30.Kf2 Rxd2+ 31.Ke1 Rg2 32.Kf1 Be4 33.Re1 Rh1 checkmate

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