Thursday, April 16, 2015


Chessfriend Philidor 1792 has sent another collection of Jerome Gambit, reversed Jerome Gambit, and Jerome Gambit-inspired games.

The game below is an interesting mix of opening systems. White combines the "Abrahams Jerome Gambit" - 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Bxf7+ - with the "Scholar's Mate" - 1.e4 e5. 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7+ - and plays it all in a 3-minute game. Black holds on for a while, but, in the end, either nerves or shortage of time lead to his downfall.

Philidor 1792 - guest1433
3 0 blitz,, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qh5

We have seen this hybrid before. See "A Scholarly Abrahams Jerome Gambit".

3...Qf6 4.Bxf7+ Qxf7 5.Qxe5+

5...Qe7 6.Qxe7+ Nxe7 7.c3 d5 8.d4 Bb6 9.e5 c5 10.Be3 

An earlier game continued: 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.f4 Nbc6 12.Nf3 Be6 13.Na3 Bxa3 14.bxa3 0-0-0 15.Be3 Rhf8 16.Ng5 Bf5 17.Kf2 h6 18.Nf3 Be4 19.h4 Nf5 20.Rad1 b6 21.h5 Na5 22.Bc1 Nc4 23.Rh3 Kb7 24.g4 Ne7 25.e6 Bxf3 26.Rxf3 Rd6 27.f5 Rfd8 28.Re1 d4 29.cxd4 Rxd4 30.f6 gxf6 31.Rxf6 Nd6 32.Rf4 Rd3 33.Rf7 Re8 34.Bxh6 Kc6 35.Rf8 Rxa3 36.Rxe8 Nxe8 37.Bf8 Rxa2+ 38.Kg3 Nd5 39.h6 Ra3+ 40.Bxa3 Black resigned,  Philidor 1792 -guest124,, 2014

10...Nf5 11.Na3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bxd4 13.Bxd4 Nxd4 14.0-0-0

Blitz games are often about development and King safety. If White loses this game, it won't be because of the extra pawn he invested.

14...Ndc6 15.Nb5 Na6 16.Rxd5 Be6 17.Rd6 Ke7 18.Nf3 Rad8 19.Ng5 Rxd6 20.exd6+ Kd7 21.a3 Rf8 22.Ne4 Bc4 23.Nbc3 Nab8 24.Rd1 Na6 

White's advanced "Jerome pawn" is not enough compensation for the sacrificed piece, but his knowledge of this kind of play, and advantage on the clock may well be.

25.b4 b5 26.f3 Ne5 27.Rd4 Nd3+ 28.Kd2 Nb2 29.Nf2 Rf6 30.Nce4 Rg6 31.Ng4 Re6 32.f4 Kd8 33.Ne5 Rh6

White's pieces have come together, while Black's are scattered.

34.d7 Be6 35.Nc6+ Kc7 36.d8Q+ Kxc6 37.Rd6+ Kb7 38.Rxa6 Kxa6 39.Nc5 checkmate

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