Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Surprising New Defense Against the Jerome Gambit

This blog has been very honest: the Jerome Gambit is a refuted opening. You can find the refutations among the 2,025 posts so far. There are Jerome Gambit wins and Jerome Gambit losses.

Do we really need another refutation?

Apparently the answer is "yes".

ZahariSokolov - emranhamid

standard, FICS, 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 

There are 213 games with this position in The Database. While 8...Qf6 here is routine, and 8...Qh5+ exotic, I looked at one response by Black, 8...Nc4, in the previous post.
Here comes a shocker.


There are only 3 games with this line in The Database.

Can Black's King simply walk away from his Knight like that??

The remainder of the game suggests that he can.

9.Qxe5 Nf6 10.d4 d6 11.d5+ Kb6 12.Qc3 Nxe4

Instead, 12...a5 13.a3 Nxe4 14.Qb3+ Ka6 15.Be3 Qh4+ 16.g3 Nxg3 17.Qd3+ b5 18.a4 Re8 19.Qxb5+ Ka7 20.Qxe8 Ne4+ 21.Kd1 Bg4+ 22.Kc1 Bxe3+ 23.Nd2 White resigned, was seen in VMACforever - Sillycon, FICS, 2013; while

12...Qe8 13.Qb3+ Ka6 14.Nc3 Nxe4 15.Qc4+ b5 16.Qxe4 Qxe4+ 17.Nxe4 Re8 was seen in NN - NN, 2012. )

13.Qb3+ Ka5 14.Bd2+

Worthy of a swindle was 14.Be3, as 14...Bxe3? would allow a draw by repetition starting with 15.Qa3+

14...Nxd2 15.Nxd2 Qh4+ 16.g3 Re8+ 17.Kd1 Qh5+ 18.Kc1 b6 19.a4 Ka6

The King continues his escape.

20.Qc4+ Kb7 21.a5 Qxh2 22.Rxh2 Re1 checkmate

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