Thursday, September 4, 2014

Complicate, complicate, complicate

The Jerome Gambit player knows that there may be few - maybe one - chances to steer the game out of its "pre-ordained" path to "0-1" and so must be ready for opportunities as they arise. A primary way of creating an opportunity is to complicate play - and hope for the best.

fehim - GibletGrey

blitz, FICS, 2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qd5+

Whenever I see this "nudge" I suspect the player is familiar with the Jerome Gambit - and, perhaps, this blog.

7...Ke8 8.Qxc5 Nf6 9.d3 d6 10.Qb4 

10.Qe3 is more often seen, as in perrypawnpusher - tejeshwar, blitz, FICS, 2009 (1-0, 25) and perrypawnpusher - steelrfan44,, 2009 (½-½, 25).

10.Qg5 was seen in fehim - polite, FICS, 2009 (0-1, 29).

10.Qa5 was seen in shugart - luisileon, FICS, 2014 (1-0, 39).

10...c5 11.Qc3 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 


13.b4!? is an interesting suggestion of Houdini, for example 13...d5 (13...cxb4 14.Qxb4) 14.bxc5 dxe4 15.Re1 Rc8 16.Qb3 Rxc5 17.Nc3 Bd5 18.Nxd5 Qxd5 19.dxe4 Qxb3 20.axb3 a5 21.c4 Kf7 when Black still holds the advantage of a piece vs two pawns. 

13...h6 14.Be3 Qd7 15.Nd2 Rf8 16.f4 Qg4 

This looks aggressive, but Black might have done better with the center push 16...d5.


It might be the time for the thematic pawn push 17.f5, leading to a balanced game. White has a different move, and a pawn break, in mind.

17...Qh5 18.Nf3 Nh4 19.Nxh4 Qxh4 20.e5

White hopes to stir things up.

20...Qg3 21.Rf2 Qxe3

Black is happy to exchange pieces, and avoid further complications, but here he had the winning move 21...Nd5 available. Missing that shot, things turn bad. 

22.exf6 Qd4 23.Re1+ Kd7

The King would have been happier at d8, as we will see. 


This move is okay, but more refined would be 24.Re7+ Kc6 25.Qxd4 cxd4 26.fxg7. 


 Now if White simply recaptures the Queen, Black has time for 25...Rf7 and can be happy with his piece vs 2 pawns advantage.


Nice underpromotion.

25...Kc6 26.bxc3 Rxf8 27.d4 Kb5 

Black's active King does not compensate for the lost exchange and White's two extra pawns.

28.a4+ Kc4 29.dxc5 dxc5 30.Re7 Bc6 31.Rxa7 Kxc3 32.a5 bxa5 33.Rxa5 c4 34.Ra6 Be4 35.Rxh6 Bxc2

36.Rc6 Bd3 37.g4 Kb4 38.f5 c3 39.f6 c2 40.g5 Kb3 41.h4 Kb2 42.h5 Kb1 43.g6 c1Q+ 44.Rxc1+ Kxc1

45.g7 Ra8 46.f7 Bh7 47.f8Q Ra1 48.Kh2 Ra3 49.Qxa3+ Black resigned

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