Monday, May 18, 2015

I'll Do The Thin'in' Around Here...

As a child I enjoyed watching Saturday morning cartoons, including the comic adventures of Hanna-Barbera's Quick Draw McGraw, the western sheriff who sometimes could get caught up in his own ideas, proclaiming "I'll do the thin'in' [thinking] around here... And don't. you. forget. it."

In the following game, White inadvertently follows Quick Draw, by responding to Black's "psychological" riposte -- You want me to take the Bishop?? So - I won't take the Bishop! -- by dropping his guard, as if to remind his opponent I'll do the attackin' around here... And don't. you. forget. it.

Disaster follows.

bereakatze - pawnstarrr
blitz, FICS, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Bxf7+ 

The Abrahams Jerome Gambit, which we have been looking at on this blog lately.


The Abrahams Jerome Gambit Declined, which "objectively" turns Black's better game into a better game for White - especially after 4.Bc4 or 4.Bb3.

The Database has 432 games with this move,  in which White has scored 64%. That number is surprisingly low, but perhaps that is because White doesn't always play "objective" chess, but insists that Black take the piece by leaving it en prise. (It is interesting to note that The Database shows that against ...Kf8 in the regular Jerome Gambit Declined, White has scored only 58%.) 

4.d3 Qf6 5.Bb3

The Database has a couple of alternative games, one a warning to White and one a caution to Black: 
5.c3 Qxf2 checkmate, clocked - wileyone, FICS, 2009; and 

5.Qf3 Qxf7 6.Qxf7+ Kxf7 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Nxe5+ Ke7 9.0-0 d6 10.Nc4 Nbd7 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 b6 14.Kh1 Bb7 15.f4 gxf4 16.Bxf4 h5 17.Nbd2 Rag8 18.Nf3 c6 19.Nh4 d5 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.Bxe5 Rf8 22.Ng6+ Kf7 23.Nxh8+ Black ran out of time, greatbigdave - lucluc, FICS, 2001

5...Qxf2 checkmate


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