Monday, November 3, 2014


One of the nice things about playing the Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+) is that sometimes your opponent does not know how to respond. He can try this, or that, or something else, but it all turns out bad for him in the end. Bill Wall's latest game is a good example.

Wall, Bill - Arty
blitz 10 0,, 2014

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

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6

A brave choice! Black wishes to hold on to his two extra pieces.

7.f4 Ng6

Choosing to let go of a piece, after all. Otherwise, the consistent move would be the counter-attacking 7...Qf6.


Improving on 8.f5+ from Wall,B - Guest1157782,, 2013 (1-0, 20). 

8... Qh4+ 

There are variations where this move is strong and leads to favorable complications. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.

Withdrawing the at-risk Knight with 8... N6e7 would lead to an even game. 

9.g3 Qf6

Two alternative retreats appear in The Database: 9... Qg4 from Permanence - jgknight, FICS, 2008 (0-1, 38) and 9... Qe7 from Permanence - Pianisimo, FICS, 2008 (1-0, 17). 

10.f5+ Kf7 11.fxg6+ Qxg6 12.O-O+ Nf6 13.e5 

White has his two sacrificed pieces back, and aims to gather another one in, as interest. Black's defense collapses.

13...d6 14.Qxc7+ Bd7 15.Qxd7+ Black resigned

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