Friday, January 2, 2015

Not What Was Expected

In the following game Bill Wall played the Jerome Gambit, retreated his Queen to an odd square, allowed it to be exchanged off - and, later won. All in all, not what was expected for a "refuted" opening, played loosely - but what did you expect? Bill goes on to win in the endgame.

Wall,B - Guest10254637, 2014

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

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Kf8 

7.Qxe5 d6 8.Qc3

A more usual retreat is 8.Qg3, but Bill likes to experiment. 

8...Qf6 9.0-0 

A small caution: 9.Qb3? Qxf2+ White resigned, GeniusPawn - satori, FICS, 2000. 


Also seen was 9...Bd4 10.Qxc7 Bxb2 11.Bxb2 Qxb2 12.Qxd6+ Ne7 13.Nc3 Kf7 14.Qf4+ Ke8 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Kd8 17.Rfe1 Qxc2 18.Qg5+ Kc7 19.Rac1 Qxc1 20.Rxc1+ Kb8 21.Qe5 checkmate, guest714 - guest1041, Internet Chess Club, 2003.


White has two pawns for his sacrificed piece.

10...Nf6 11.d3 Kf7

Black did not castle-by-hand in Abijud - djinmaster, FICS, 2005:  11...Bg4 12.a4 a6 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nd5 Bd4 16.c3 Be5 17.f4 Be2 18.fxe5 Bxf1 19.Rxf1 dxe5 20.Nxf6 Ke7 21.Nd5+ Kd7 22.Rf5 c6 23.Nb6+ Ke6 24.Nxa8 Rxa8 25.Rh5 Rh8 26.Kf2 Rh7 27.Ke3 Kf6 28.g4 b6 29.h4 c5 30.Rf5+ Ke6 31.g5 hxg5 32.hxg5 Rh3+ 33.Kd2 Rh2+ 34.Kc1 Black forfeited on time. 


Bill points out two alternatives: 12.Na4 Bb4 13.a3 Ba5; and

12.Be3 Bxe3 13.fxe3 c6. 

12...Rf8 13.h3 Bd7 14.a4 Rae8 15.Be3 Bb4

I suspect that Black felt good about this move, taking advantage of the fact that the Bishop cannot be kicked away by a2-a3. The fact is, though, that White can now spring his "Jerome pawns".

16.f4 a6 17.Re2 Bc6 18.Rf2 Bxc3 19.bxc3

Black will now give back his piece to fracture White's pawns.

19...Bxe4 20.dxe4 Nxe4

The rest of the game is interesting, as White's pawns are not as weak as they appear - or the pawn structure gives chances to White's pieces. The game is balanced - for a while.  

21.Rf3 Nxc3 22.Bf2 Ne4 23.Bd4 d5 

24.Rb3 b6 25.Rd1 Kg8 

Completing castling-by-hand, but perhaps that was no longer necessary, in which case it is not a good use of tempo. 

26.Be5 Nc5 27.Rc3 c6

Bill points out the better 27...Rd8 28.Bxc7 Nxa4. 

28.a5 Nd7 29.axb6 Nxb6 30.Rxc6 Nc4 31.Rxd5 Ne3

Black misses his chance to exchange off White's Bishop and head toward  a R + Ps endgame where he has practical drawing chances, Bill notes: 31...Nxe5 32.fxe5 Rf5 33.Rxa6 Rfxe5 34.Rxe5 Rxe5.

32.Rd7 Rf7 33.Rxf7 Kxf7 34.Kf2 Nd1+ 35.Ke2 Nb2 36.Kf3 Na4 37.Rxa6 Nc5 38.Ra7+ Black resigned

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