Monday, November 17, 2014

Wow! That Was Fast!


Oh my! The way my opponent treated my recent Jerome Gambit (see"A Challenge!") you would have thought that it was a refuted opening. Oh, wait a minute - it is!

Black disposed of me in short order. Well done!

perrypawnpusher - 1zscha2014
GameKnot.com, 2014

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


4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Qh4+ 9.g3 Qf6

We reached this position quickly, through a series of conditional moves that my opponent set up. Humorously, it is from perrypawnpusher - Buddy_Thompson, Italian Game Thematic Tournament, Chess.com, 2014 (0-1, 27). In that game my opponent was 300 rating points higher than me, not 1zscha2014's "mere" +200 points.

10.Qh5

An idea of Bill Wall's, from Wall,B - Marani,G, Chess.com, 2011, (1-0, 28).

10...c6 

Bill's opponent tried 10...g6. The text is an improvement.

11.fxe5+ Qxe5 12.Qe2 Nf6 13.d3 Ke7 14.c3 Qh5 15.e5



It might have been better to have played 15.Qxh5 followed by 16.d4, but, of course, Black would still have the advantage. 

15...Qxe2+ 16.Kxe2 Nd5 17.Bg5+ Ke8 18.Nd2



At this point I was pleased to see my pieces developing quickly, and I even anticipated the upcoming piece exchange. My evaluation of the position that occurred was faulty, however.

18...h6 19.Ne4 hxg5 20.Nxc5 d6! 



Wisely offering a pawn (which can easily be recovered) to also improve his development. As long as Black's Queenside remains undeveloped, White will have time to protect his exposed h-pawn and possibly double Rooks on the f-file.

21.exd6 b6 22.Ne4 

After the game Houdini suggested returning the pawn to exchange off Black's Bishop, 22.d7+ Bxd7 23.Nxd7 Kxd7 24.Raf1 

22...Bg4+ 23.Kd2 Bf3 White resigned



Like sand running through an hourglass, White's game promises to slip away, move-by-move: i.e. 24.Rhf1 Rxh2+ 25.Rf2 Rxf2 26.Nxf2 Kd7 27.Ne4 Bxe4 28.dxe4 Nf6 29.e5 - alas, the "Jerome pawns" have no future - 29...Ng4 30.Re1 Re8. After the e5/d6 pair disappear, Black would simply be a piece ahead in a relatively uncomplicated position.

Excellent game, 1zscha2014!


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