Monday, June 15, 2015

Another Zeromov Gambit

As a follow-up to the last post, let me point out that the presenter has many interesting videos online - including the game Nelson vs Sugar, which is another interesting Jerome Gambit. Since I have not shared that game on this blog, let me do so, now.

Nelson, Lamoni - Sugar, Zoltan

Jamaica, Queens, USA, 2006

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

4....Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Bd6 

In an earlier post, "Jerome Gambit Doctor", the direct 6...Be7 was examined, as in HauntedKnight - Josue, FICS, 2012 (0-1, 29).

7.dxe5 Be7

Black wants no part of 7...Bxe5 8.Qd5+. See the recent "Borrowed As Good As Own".

8.O-O d6 9.f4

The computers prefer 9.Qf3+, as seen in Idealist - throwback, FICS, 20009... Nf6 10.exf6 Bxf6 11.Nc3 Be6 12.Rd1 Rf8 13.e5 Kg8 14.exf6 Rxf6 15.Qg3 Qf8 16.Ne4 Rg6 17.Qc3 Qf5 18.Ng3 Qf7 19.Be3 Rf8 20.Rf1 c6 21.Rad1 d5 22.Qb4 b6 23.Qd6 Bg4 24.Rd2 Rxd6 25.Ne4 Rg6 26.Ng5 Qf5 27.h4 h6 28.c4 hxg5 29.Bxg5 Rxg5 30.hxg5 Qxg5 31.Rd3 Rf6 32.Rg3 Rh6 33.f3 Qe3+ 34.Rf2 Qe1+ 35.Rf1 Qxg3 36.fxg4 Rh2 37.Rf2 Rh1+ 38.Kxh1 Qxf2 39.Kh2 d4 40.Kh3 d3 41.g3 d2 42.Kh4 d1=Q 43.Kg5 Qdd2+ 44.Kh5 Qh6 checkmate

9... g6 10. e6+ 

"Ain't that a kick in the head?" as Dean Martin once asked.

Black can, and maybe should, take the pawn, but things will remain complicated, thanks to those annoying "Jerome pawns".

10...Kg7 11.f5 Nf6 12.Nc3 c6 13.Bg5

Instead, Stockfish suggests the wild, but it sees as balanced, 13.g4 h5!? 14.g5 Ng4 15.Qd4+ Kh7 16.f6.


14.Kh1 Qc7 15.fxg6

This gives Black a saving chance. Better was 15.Qf3.

15... hxg6

The computer gives 15...Bxe6, and while the rest of the recommendation is no walk in the park for Black's King, it turns out better than the text: 16.Qd4 Raf8 17.gxh7 Rxh7 18.Rad1 Qa5 19.Bf4 Qb6 20.Qxb6 axb6 21.e5 dxe5 22.Bxe5 Kg6 23.Bd6 Bf5 24.Rfe1 Bxd6 25.Rxd6 Bxc2 26.h3 Kg7 27.Ree6

Now White finishes up neatly.

16.Bxf6+ Bxf6 17.Rxf6 Kxf6 18.Qd4+ Kxe6 19.Qxh8 Rb8 20.Rf1 Qe7 Black resigned

Black's Bishop and Rook will stand around, helpless, while his King is chased and checkmated.

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