Saturday, December 27, 2014


I have a Google "alert" set for "Jerome Gambit". It rarely returns anything, and when it does, it mostly gives me a link to one of the posts on this blog - not always a current one.

The other day, however, it linked me to the following game at The game is given there as an example of "Bishop's Opening, Jerome Gambit," which is a bit of a misnomer, in that Alonzo Wheeler Jerome did not play or analyze the line (as far as I have been able to discover in 13 years of research into the Jerome Gambit).

I have called the line the "Abrahams Jerome Gambit" (see Part 1 and Part 2 among several references), after the British chess player and author Gerald Abrahams (1907 - 1980) who referred to it as the Jerome Gambit in at least two of his books.

In the following game, White is not able to develop an attack worthy of the piece sacrificed, and eventually loses on time in an undermanned endgame. 

vitula - Pigmalion

5 0 blitz,, 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Bxf7+ Kxf7

"Bishop's  Opening,  Jerome  Gambit" according to the site.

4.Qh5+ Kf8 5.Nc3

From The Database:

5.Qxe5 d6 (5...Qe7 6.Qf4+ Qf6 7.Qg3 Ne7 8.Nf3 Bd6 9.Qh3 Ng6 10.g3 White resigned, Eveque - igigfufu, FICS, 2011) 6.Qg3 Qf6 (6...Nf6 from Philidor 1792 - guest543,, 2014 [1/2-1/2, 42]) 7.Nc3 c6 8.Nge2 b5 9.d4 Bxd4 10.Bg5 Bxc3+ 11.Nxc3 Qg6 12.0–0–0 h6 13.Qxd6+ Qxd6 14.Rxd6 Bb7 15.Rd8+ Kf7 16.Bf4 g5 17.Bxb8 Rh7 18.f4 Ne7 19.Rf1 g4 20.f5 Kf6 21.e5+ Kg5 22.Ne4+ Kh4 23.e6 Ng8 24.Bg3+ Kh5 25.h3 Rxd8 hg+  Kxg4 26.Rf4 Kh5  Rh4, checkmate, Philidor 1792 - guest321,; or

5.Qf5+ Nf6 6.Qxe5 Bd6 7.Qd4 Nc6 8.Qc3 Nxe4 9.Qf3+ Nf6 10.d3 Kf7 11.Nh3 Re8+ 12.Be3 Bc5 13.0-0 Bxe3 14.fxe3 Ne5 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.Qf4 d6 17.d4 Nh5 18.Qe4 Qxg5 19.Rf5 White resigned, rnlgnd - PeterBondurant, FICS, 2011.

5...Qf6 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 g6 8.Qg5 Qxg5 9.Nxg5 h6 10.Nf3 Nf6

11.d3 Bg4 12.Nd2 Nbd7 13.h3 Be6 14.Nb5 Bb6 15.Nc3 Ke7

16.a4 Bd4 17.Nb3 Bxc3 18.bxc3 b6 19.Ba3 g5 20.Nd2 c5 21.d4 Rhg8 22.d5 Bf7 23.f3 Bg6 24.c4 Nh5 25.Rfb1 Nf4

26.Kf2 Nf6 27.a5 Rgb8 28.Rb5 bxa5 29.Rxa5 Rb7 30.Bc1 Nd7 31.Rb5 Rxb5 32.cxb5 Nb6 33.Ra6 Be8 34.g3 Ng6 35.c4 h5 36.Bb2 Bd7

37.h4 g4 38.Kg2 gxf3+ 39.Nxf3 Bg4 40.Ng5 Nf8 41.Bc1 Nxc4 42.Rc6 Nd7 43.Rc7 Ncb6 44.Ne6 a5 White lost on time

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